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Cloverfield Reviews

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David Keyes
March 18, 2016
The characters are fleshed out participants in the mayhem, not merely disposable vessels designed to stand in all the right places when buildings come crashing down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling
September 30, 2014
Cloverfield should be best appreciated for throwing down the gauntlet for a new cinematic representation of mass destruction and, thus, the way we see ourselves seeing our worst fears.
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
May 15, 2014
Smart, scary and features a creative twist on the genre thanks to its unique found-film perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Ali Gray
October 14, 2012
So what is Cloverfield? The best Godzilla film never made? A re-invention of the monster movie genre? You could certainly argue both points: it feels like every creature feature you ever saw, but seen from a totally fresh point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Levine
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Thanks primarily to its inventive shooting style, Cloverfield is a terrifically frightening film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Mind-blowingly great.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joshua Starnes
March 18, 2011
Cloverfield is a very good giant monster film, as good as we've had in America in quite a while and if a lot of its enjoyment rests on a gimmick, it's still a very good gimmick and the filmmakers make the most of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Mike Scott
September 4, 2009
A stylish and satisfyingly intense update of one of Hollywood's most well-trodden film concepts: the attack of the 150-foot (give or take) monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 20, 2009
Characters may struggle for interesting things to say on camera, but the film nonetheless reveals hidden depths.
August 14, 2009
For gasps and thrills and movie monster mayhem, the film is a success. It's not flawless, but if you shove that aside, I guarantee you that you will have a gas at the theater.
| Original Score: A-
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 27, 2008
It's the closest a film has ever gotten to a roller-coaster ride. It will definitely nauseate, it feels claustrophobic, there are sudden scares, and it also peaks too early.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 22, 2008
If you like kick butt monster movies, then this one will deliver for you! Go see it right away!
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 3, 2008 A for effort, a B for visuals, a C for content, and a C for photography, the latter, of course, being intentionally herky-jerky.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 28, 2008
I love this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 22, 2008
Cinéma Vérité Godzilla - canny enough to have been designed for the YouTube generation as well as for those elder folks like myself that still like a good ride on the roller coaster every once in awhile.
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
May 20, 2008
If some veterans have flashbacks while watching "Saving Private Ryan," it should be safe to say that "Cloverfield" will bring back a lot bad memories for some New Yorkers. Yes, "Cloverfield" looks and feels that realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
May 17, 2008
This film should NEVER leave the theatres.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 1, 2008
... exciting, terrifying and breathlessly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
April 25, 2008
I, for one, would be using the F-bomb far more gratuitously if faced with a possible encounter with a creature that could well swallow me whole.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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