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Monsters Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 4, 2011
The most interesting thing here is the budget.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 23, 2010
Too much of Monsters simply reminds you of other, better movies...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 17, 2010
Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
December 1, 2010
A seamless blending of romance, road movie and monster flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 19, 2010
A sharp little low-fi monster movie operating from a tantalizing premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 18, 2010
A stunning piece of work that packs a devastating emotional wallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 18, 2010
"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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
November 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: B+
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
November 12, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 11, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 5, 2010
"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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
November 4, 2010
Monsters is far from perfect, but as a calling card for a rising young talent, it's impressive.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
November 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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October 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 7.5/10
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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...
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 29, 2010
Effortlessly compels. The ending may be pure sci-fi schmaltz, but it's schmaltz that this viewer, at least, could believe in.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 28, 2010
I want to convince you to see it but I don't want to hype it so much that the surprise is ruined.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 28, 2010
Rather than using the effects to dazzle or shock, Edwards goes for awe, and comes up with moments that are staggeringly poetic and provocative -- right up to an ending guaranteed to get viewers arguing about its meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 28, 2010
Who said science fiction films have to be expensive?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 27, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
October 26, 2010
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.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Makes its own distinct impression thanks to a finely tuned attention to atmospheric detail over broad sci-fi sensationalism.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
July 6, 2010
A uniquely satisfying entertainment.