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Monsters Reviews

Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The most interesting thing here is the budget.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

April 4, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Too much of Monsters simply reminds you of other, better movies...

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

December 23, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

December 17, 2010
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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A seamless blending of romance, road movie and monster flick.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

December 1, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A sharp little low-fi monster movie operating from a tantalizing premise.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A stunning piece of work that packs a devastating emotional wallop.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 18, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"Monsters" is a rather special achievement. Think of it as a movie that M. Night Shyamalan (and we) would be happy he made.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 18, 2010
Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
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The result impresses thanks to the lead actors' performances and Edwards' skilled efforts. But it should come with a warning: ''Here be (not many) monsters.''

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

November 17, 2010
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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With Monsters, Edwards transcends the special-effects auteur label, creating a memorable sci-fi story in which the hero and heroine are true equals in the adventure. How's that for an alien concept?

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 12, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Just remember, folks: If a NASA probe finds alien life forms in space, it's not a good idea to bring DNA samples back to Earth.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

November 11, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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"Monsters" is no ordinary horror film. If it were, it might be a bit better than it is. As the movie stands, it's a less-than-compelling relationship drama, with aliens.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 5, 2010
Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
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Monsters is far from perfect, but as a calling card for a rising young talent, it's impressive.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 3/5

November 4, 2010
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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For all the portentous ambience and subtlety of mood in this micro-budget slog through tropical wastelands and the mumbled dialogue of its vacant-eyed protagonists, Monsters wields a pretty heavy-handed allegorical message.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

November 4, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Monsters wants to be an allegory about American self-absorption or the panic over immigration or something; exactly what is never very clear.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 4, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

November 3, 2010
Bob Mondello
NPR
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Edwards is a wizard with his laptop's effects program. The squiddy things he conjures up look like the real deal - thoroughly creepy and a gazillion feet tall.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 7.5/10

October 29, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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...

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 29, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Both of them are so obnoxious that you're quickly rooting for the monsters to get them. Unfortunately, they're never in any real danger.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

October 29, 2010
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Effortlessly compels. The ending may be pure sci-fi schmaltz, but it's schmaltz that this viewer, at least, could believe in.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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I want to convince you to see it but I don't want to hype it so much that the surprise is ruined.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 28, 2010
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Although the vérité aesthetics of Monsters will invite comparisons to Cloverfield and District 9, what galls most is the infuriating lack of purpose beyond its backdrop.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 28, 2010
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Even if the visually similar Cloverfield and the thematically similar District 9 didn't already exist, this would still seem painfully hackneyed and obvious.

October 28, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Who said science fiction films have to be expensive?

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 28, 2010
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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There's so much right with Gareth Edwards's low-budget alien invasion tale that you almost want to brush aside everything that's not up to snuff.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2010
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Borrowing the handheld lensing and easy pace of a low-budget character piece, director Gareth Edwards, a CGI artist by trade, has created a dystopian landscape that's so naturalistic, it's uncanny.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 26, 2010
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Makes its own distinct impression thanks to a finely tuned attention to atmospheric detail over broad sci-fi sensationalism.

July 6, 2010
Joe Leydon
Variety
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A uniquely satisfying entertainment.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 6, 2010
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