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Monsters (2010)



Critic Consensus: It doesn't quite live up to its intriguing premise, but Monsters is a surprising blend of alien-invasion tropes, political themes, and relationship drama.

Movie Info

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures... Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his boss' daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border. -- (C) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Gareth Edwards
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 1, 2011
Box Office: $0.2M
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


Scoot McNairy
as Andrew Kaulder
Whitney Able
as Sam Wynden

News & Interviews for Monsters

Critic Reviews for Monsters

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (29)

A better-than-average debut by a filmmaker who merits watching. Let's hope that he keeps some of his indie spirit when Hollywood comes calling.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The most interesting thing here is the budget.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Too much of Monsters simply reminds you of other, better movies...

Full Review… | December 23, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

The best American film about our political reality of 2010.

Full Review… | April 18, 2016
In These Times

Monsters is a slow-paced road-trip romance that happens to feature an alien-related subplot, offering a nice twist to a tired genre.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
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Audience Reviews for Monsters

If you want to see what can be accomplished with some dedication, a low budget and just a decent idea. Here you go! A solid sci fi picture.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Those expecting a typical horror movie with aliens may be disappointed, for this is in fact a more dramatic and deeply absorbing low-budget film about love and the emptiness of life without it, while the monsters serve as a trigger for the connection between the two characters.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


An ambitious, audacious first feature by Gareth Edwards, who is undoubtedly a resourceful and savvy filmmakers. Unfortunately, its heavy-handed political allegory (more Elysium than District 9) stilted acting, and low-budget effects badly damage what would have otherwise been an immersive, imaginative world.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Monsters Quotes

Andrew Kaulder: I don't cause it. I just document it.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Sam Wynden: Doesn't that kind of bother you. That you need something bad to happen, to profit from it?
Andrew Kaulder: You mean like a doctor?
– Submitted by Jason G (4 years ago)

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