Monster House Reviews

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September 23, 2006
Set on Halloween, the script is original and nicely creepy, even when the boys are joined by a redhead named Jenny.
August 12, 2006
One of the best animated movies of the past couple of years and the most enjoyable family entertainment of recent months.
Top Critic
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.
August 8, 2006
While it might not bring the house down, there's enough here to suggest this Monster won't be moving out of cinemas any time soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 21, 2006
What the movie lacks in story development it makes up for in spooky thrills.
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.
July 21, 2006
Monster House chooses not to take the interesting route, opting more often for wisecracking dialogue and bombastic effects.
July 21, 2006
The result is an efficient film that never really catches fire, but satisfies along the way.
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.
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.
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