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Colossal Reviews

April 21, 2017
Clearly a movie designed for niche audiences, it will not strike everyone the same way. But for those who embrace Vigalondo's wild wavelength, the rewards are innumerable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2017
It's a sci-fi/horror/psychodrama/comedy/thriller /revenge/romance film - and that jumble of a description not only works, it does so in spectacular fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 14, 2017
If you're in the mood for a monster movie, revenge-tinged romance, social satire, or simply a good time at the multiplex, consider Colossal entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 14, 2017
"Colossal" is a challenge, no doubt, but writer-director Nacho Vigalondo pulls it off with a visionary flourish.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 13, 2017
From its weird little prologue to a nearly perfect ending, Colossal is a trip in multiple meanings of that word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 13, 2017
It's a brilliant concept, executed by writer-director Vigalondo with a perfect balance of pop-culture irony and sincere storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 13, 2017
Hathaway is miscast in a snarky role that Anna Kendrick would have knocked out of the park, but the players are less important here than Vigalondo's talent for constructing a narrative room full of mirrors.
April 13, 2017
In this observant, entertaining, wildly imaginative movie, just about everything has more than one meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2017
With a few trims the film could be entirely different and blandly realistic ... But "Colossal" wants more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 13, 2017
Vigalondo extends our modern egotism and entitlement - the idea that my problems are the world's problems - until it becomes the stuff of surreal farce, and then he brings it back down to size.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 13, 2017
"Colossal" is a monstrously imaginative movie with a premise so bizarre it's amazing it ever got made. But it's a good thing it did.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 12, 2017
"Colossal" is a high-wire act, and throughout you may wonder how the movie will make it to the end without slipping and falling. Suffice it to say, it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2017
At its best, it achieves a rare synthesis of virtues that is a primal value of the cinema: it revels in the power of cinematic artifice to tell a story that confronts big questions about real life.
April 7, 2017
The one-trick act of "Colossal" becomes tiresome even as its leads -- particularly an excellent Hathaway -- work to find some depth in the story.
April 7, 2017
I'd like to tell you how rabid, illogical, far-fetched and stupid Colossal is, but words fail me at last.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
April 7, 2017
To paraphrase what Brahms once told a young composer, what's original in the film isn't very good, and what's good in it isn't very original.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 7, 2017
The entire cast is quietly superb and the movie always knows exactly what it is and what it wants to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 7, 2017
Nacho Vigalondo's giant-creature-run-amuck fantasy is a brilliantly bizarro satire of gender politics, featuring Anne Hathaway in a funny, fierce, fully committed performance that demands to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 7, 2017
Colossal is goofy, disturbing, and wonderfully anchored by Hathaway, who always has a firm grasp on her character even when the film doesn't.
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April 6, 2017
The longer the movie runs, the more its novelty fades. The tone wavers, and plot holes that appeared small at the halfway point start looking like chasms.
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April 6, 2017
Though there's a real monster terrorizing Seoul, a giant, hairless thing that looks like a 700-foot boiled cat, we spend Colossal with our human beast. In her hungover eyes, we see horror and empathy: What did I destroy last night?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 6, 2017
"Colossal" ... wrings a great deal of fun - and also some genuine terror, by no means all of it monster-related - from its blithely bizarre conceit.
April 6, 2017
Vigalondo demonstrates that even the dumbest genres can be used to profound ends - not cheapening serious things but kicking them to the next metaphoric level.
April 6, 2017
Nacho Vigalondo absorbs the best qualities of both kaiju-inflected creature features and romantic recovery dramas, resulting in a strange hybrid that's very much its own beast.
April 6, 2017
Colossal has a terrific, almost irresistible metaphor at its core, and it's really a shame the movie doesn't much know what to do with it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 6, 2017
Colossal is as refreshingly different a monster movie as it is a clever, timely take on bullying, domestic abuse and toxic masculinity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 5, 2017
As much as Colossal owes to Asian cinema's classic kaiju-monster battles, it's also a shrewd funhouse-mirror subversion of all that.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 4, 2017
Though the film never quite abandons its absurdist comedy and its boyish glee for romping monsters, Colossal also becomes a brutal psychological horror movie, more unforgiving and savage by the minute.
April 4, 2017
Its symbolism never goes beyond its own symbols - just as its moments of comedy have everything except jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2017
Monster movies aren't generally known for their subtlety, but leave it to Nacho Vigalondo to make one that keeps surprising its audience until the very end.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 3, 2017
Engaging ideas bubble up every so often in Colossal, a film that carries out magical thinking to its extreme. But the audacity of its conceit is inexorably tamed, becoming an all-too-familiar lesson on saying no.
March 30, 2017
The daikaiju genre has survived the test of time for a reason. And it is no great spoiler to say that, later on, a giant robot appears.
January 25, 2017
Colossal is one of those movies with the amount of creativity that some directors never produce in their whole lives.
September 30, 2016
I have not felt this kind of catharsis while watching a film in a long time.
September 26, 2016
A surprisingly deft story about a particular type of toxic masculinity that has everything to do with wanting to loom large over another person, to keep them cowering in your shadow.
September 21, 2016
"Colossal" takes diminishing advantage of an amusing premise, one that seems made for satirical treatment yet is executed with an increasingly awkward semi-seriousness the characters aren't depthed (or likable) enough to ballast.
September 12, 2016
The movie presents its plot like a ridiculous gamble, and keeps pulling it off, somehow managing to justify its existence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 11, 2016
Determinedly bizarre, psychologically inquisitive and in the end rather wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2016
The cast's likeability keeps us on board, watching the sometimes baffling behavior onscreen just like those on the streets of Seoul, who gape up at a monster in horror but can't make themselves flee to the suburbs.