Monsters vs. Aliens Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 27, 2010
The film has some serious problems, the first being - and yes, I feel ridiculous for even attributing this complaint to a film with the above title - a completely pat narrative that seriously lacks character development
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 26, 2009
Monsters vs. Aliens is possibly the most commercial title of the year. How can you resist such a premise, especially if it's in 3-D animation? Very readily, in my case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 25, 2009
Sure, the film is sweet and harmless but, take away the 3D, and all you're left with is a generic kids' movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 26, 2009
Pilfering everything from Mothra to Attack of the 50 Foot Woman to Men in Black and Monsters, Inc. the script piles on the mayhem and forgets the funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 26, 2009
The biggest battle in Monsters vs. Aliens is banality vs. originality, and banality carries the day.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 27, 2009
Despite spectacular visuals and sporadic thrills, Monsters vs. Aliens lacks the consistent fun, inventiveness, wit and big-heartedness found in superior, unforgettable CGI action-adventures such as The Incredibles.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.85/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 27, 2009
With all the terrific animated movies we've seen in the past few years, this sort of tossed-off dreck is simply not acceptable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 26, 2009
A lightweight saga about not being a doormat to egomaniacal men and embracing your, um, inner superpowered 50-foot-tall monster?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Silver
The Trend
April 1, 2009
The 3-D effects look great, no doubt, but the film ultimately falls victim to a contrived, unoriginal plot that just shows once again how far behind Disney/Pixar, DreamWorks Animation is.
| Original Score: 2/5
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March 27, 2009
Directors Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon push so hard for three-dimensionality that they basically have their animators putting sightlines before storylines.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
March 26, 2009
A surprisingly dull affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
March 26, 2009
a clear example of sensational style over underbaked substance
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 26, 2009
While it has a crisp 3-D look and nice vocal performances, this action-comedy will seem fresh only to 8-year-olds -- though it may give parents an excuse to introduce some of the '50s horror movies it parodies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
March 27, 2009
Monsters Vs. Aliens is visually pleasing but a sad attempt at entertaining kids. The film is riddled with tired jokes and wasted talent. Wait for the cable viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 23, 2009
A host of minor issues, none of them too debilitating on its own, combine to create a feeling of moderate underachievement.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 1, 2009
The girl power undertones, like much of the movie itself, is not unwelcomed but feels uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 31, 2009
The jokes are good; the animation is fine; the 3-D is awesome. But still the film fails to make a monster or an alien as powerful a character as the little clownfish Marlin from FINDING NEMO.
| Original Score: 5/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 7, 2009
Given that the film was sold as the biggest kind of spectacle, it's disappointing though not surprising that it's so barbarically typical.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rebecca Murray
About.com
March 27, 2009
Monsters vs Aliens is a step backwards in storytelling, compared to the studio's own Shrek film franchise or any Pixar production.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 3, 2009
This Easter digimation romp is big on action and slapstick, small on charm, tiny on wit and endurability; unless you are nine, when anything goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Chick
Variety
February 23, 2012
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