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Monster House Reviews

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August 10, 2006
n the pantheon of CGI films, it's one of the most adult-orientated animations yet. I don't need to tell you that the kids in the screening were enamoured from start to finish.
July 21, 2006
Monster House benefits from strong graphic design and lovely lighting, but the script is nothing to write home about.
July 21, 2006
Until this animated horrorfest turns shrill, debuting director Gil Kenan delivers enough visual goods to justify the faith of producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 21, 2006
The storytelling skill in Monster House isn't always up to its visuals. But as a roller-coaster summer entertainment, it's a heck of a lot more fun than Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, not to mention a full hour shorter.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2006
The difference between Monster House and most other animated movies is a little thing called story. It actually has one, and doesn't just trot out cheeky characters spewing gratuitous pop-culture references.
July 21, 2006
It's part story and part spectacle, with the two halves being nicely balanced to offer something for just about everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2006
This Monster House is a real fun house. It's a 3-D animated kids' film built on classic gothic horror lines, a jokey, spooky Goonies for the new millennium.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 21, 2006
An enjoyable ride on a dark but not-quite-scary-enough-to-make-you-scream roller coaster, told in elegant motion-capture animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2006
The hybrid computer animation technique used by Robert Zemeckis in Polar Express finds both better expression and a more appropriate holiday -- Halloween -- in the witty kids' horror movie Monster House.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 21, 2006
The movie treats children with respect. Monster's pre-teens are sarcastic, think they're smarter than their parents and are going crazy over the opposite sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2006
There's no gore, no nudity and only the mildest of vulgar jokes. But this time the haunted house isn't full of clever crooks, and the scares aren't just an excuse for silly humor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2006
What the movie lacks in story development it makes up for in spooky thrills.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2006
Monster House, a frankly horrific and full-tilt hilarious family yarn about a man-snacking mansion. It's engineered to scare your pants off, split your sides and squeeze your tear ducts into submission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 21, 2006
Monster House chooses not to take the interesting route, opting more often for wisecracking dialogue and bombastic effects.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 21, 2006
The result is an efficient film that never really catches fire, but satisfies along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 21, 2006
Like the books of Roald Dahl and the Harry Potter novels, Monster House does not condescend to kids, but respects their intelligence, and their ability to separate fantasy from reality.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2006
Kids probably won't mind the movie's excesses, but even as Monster House moved toward the inevitable uplifting ending, I wished Kenan and company had toned things down a bit.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 21, 2006
Monster House never pulls off this transit of kiddie fright to delight and back. Yet there is plenty here to dread. The movie is a creepfest. And I don't mean that kindly.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 21, 2006
Monster House is good fun. All that's missing is the indelible link between good and great.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 21, 2006
Viewers of all ages who survived the 2003 film version of the Disney ride known as The Haunted Mansion will appreciate the improvement Monster House represents in the realm of old dark houses with great big secrets.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2006
The overall conception suggests Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle, the frenetic pacing seems as American as an apple pie in your face.
July 21, 2006
Even at 87 minutes, Monster House overstays its welcome. The finale is an overbearingly loud chaos of splintered boards and sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 21, 2006
Best of all, Monster House employs technology that allows for facial expressions and nuances of performance in its animated characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2006
Monster House uses some of the same motion-capture computer-animation techniques employed in Polar Express, but in spite of its horror-movie trappings, it's much less terrifying ...
Read More | Original Score: B
July 20, 2006
Most viewers will see this computer-animated movie on a conventional 2D screen. That's too bad, because, given the range of motion-capture effects and camera moves, the film was made for 3D.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 20, 2006
Monster House is like an amusement park ride through a fun house. It's a great deal more fun than that other amusement park ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, and funnier than the summer's Pixar picture, Cars.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 20, 2006
Kids may grow up too fast today to embrace the film's familiar message of the virtues of an unhurried adolescence, but it's nice to be reminded of the possibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 20, 2006
The film is comprehensively creepy, often funny, a little bit touching, and exciting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 20, 2006
Kenan never loses sight of the wonderment that children (and adults) experience when the inanimate becomes animate.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 20, 2006
One of the spooky archetypes of childhood imagination the dark, mysterious house across the street is literally brought to life in this marvelously creepy animated feature.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 20, 2006
Monster House becomes one of those wonderfully weird adventure stories beloved of children who don't mind getting a good old-fashioned case of the heebie-jeebies. It's kind of a blast for adults too.
July 20, 2006
Feature first-timer Gil Kenan directs with a zingy sense of kids, comedy, fright, and visual perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 20, 2006
Monster House is an eyesore.
July 20, 2006
Easily the best computer-animated feature to come from Hollywood in a long while, Monster House is also one of the weirdest.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 20, 2006
When the fat lady finally sings -- the filmmakers turn up the volume and the visuals explode. It's these sensations, and not necessarily the content, that might overwhelm some youngsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 20, 2006
The picture is yet another entry in the if-you-animate-it-they-will come (they being parents and kids) summer sweepstakes.
Read More | Original Score: D
July 17, 2006
The animated feature Monster House might one day become an amusement-park ride -- it's all about synergy, you know -- but it couldn't be much more fun than in its present incarnation.
July 5, 2006
Across 90 minutes... the experience is desensitizing and dispiriting and far too insistent.
July 5, 2006
... it's very weird and twisted in some of the areas it goes. But it's also just a ton of fun.
June 29, 2006
This Roald Dahl-esque tale and cornball fantasy never quite jell into a satisfying movie experience. The move feels frustratingly disjointed like that lumbering, disintegrating house storming down the street.