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