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Monsters Reviews

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December 2, 2010
Terrific production values are let down by an unappealing and stale screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clem Bastow
The Vine
November 23, 2010
By the time our hangdog heroes are watching misty-eyed as two psychedelic alien octopus make sweet whale-song poontang over the petrol pumps, you'll wish they'd been taken out by a "creature" in the first reel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 7, 2010
There's so much that Monsters does well that it's a massive disappointment when you realize just how dull the script is, how much chemistry the leads lack, and how clumsily delivered Edwards' political arguments are.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.1/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 3, 2010
The immigration and drug war parable and photojournalism ethics are never front and center, but draw attention because Edwards doesn't deliver well-earned frights or even cheap jolts. It's a good-looking movie with zero sense of urgency.
| Original Score: 2/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 16, 2010
First-time director Gareth Edwards is exceptionally skilled at creating mood, but sort of useless when it comes to creating a meaningful narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 29, 2010
What brings Monsters down from its extremely low perch is a conspicuous lack of monstrosity -- the best the filmmaker's laptop has come up with is fleeting glimpses of supersize squid -- together with the vacuousness of the hero and heroine...
October 26, 2010
Gareth Edwards' independently made road/horror/politico/sci-fi film, gets all the points in the world for trying, but it ultimately comes up way short
| Original Score: C
Clay Cane
January 3, 2011
Next to 'Catfish,' 'Monsters' is probably the most anti-climatic ending of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
September 13, 2010
Its critique of border controls recycles ideas from movies like Children Of Men and District 9, and its romance has as much spark as a dead battery.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 19, 2010
I suspect writer/director/producer/effects designer/cinematographer/production designer Gareth Edwards is aware he has bitten off more than he could possibly chew...
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
October 28, 2010
had the potential to be smarter, boundary-pushing science fiction along the lines of District 9, but with its underdone characterization and critical failures of imagination, it barely manages to meet the low standards of Cloverfield.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
September 27, 2010
The couple at the heart of Monsters is so insufferable you'll be cheering on the aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 23, 2010
Allegories don't come much more leaden than Monsters, a transparent fusion of Cloverfield and District 9 that posits its alien-invasion tale as a parable about illegal immigration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
November 24, 2010
The film also has the misfortune of coming in the wake of Cloverfield and District 9, which were much bigger and more accomplished renderings of similar ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Abrams
New York Press
November 3, 2010
What Monsters sorely wants is a convincing human element and a softer touch when it comes to its incoherent and mostly pretentious depiction of the way the media sensationalizes and in turn creates monsters.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
November 7, 2010
Relationships should never get in the way of otherworldly destruction - especially when your film's called Monsters.
Diva Velez
October 29, 2010
'Don't like our pallid, predictable love story between two shallow characters? Don't worry, the monsters will be back.' The trouble is there's not nearly enough of the creatures or any real thrills to keep audiences entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cole Smithey
October 26, 2010
Under the pretense of making that ever-elusive low budget gem, the "character-driven" movie, newbie feature writer/director Gareth Edwards slaps together a bland sci-fi movie that wilts under its bait-and-switch romantic plot.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 28, 2010
Even if the visually similar Cloverfield and the thematically similar District 9 didn't already exist, this would still seem painfully hackneyed and obvious.
Matt Pais
November 18, 2010
Warning: Contains very few monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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