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Monsters Reviews

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
April 4, 2011
The most interesting thing here is the budget.
December 23, 2010
Too much of Monsters simply reminds you of other, better movies...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
December 1, 2010
A seamless blending of romance, road movie and monster flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 19, 2010
A sharp little low-fi monster movie operating from a tantalizing premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2010
A stunning piece of work that packs a devastating emotional wallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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+
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Top Critic
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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-
October 28, 2010
Who said science fiction films have to be expensive?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
July 6, 2010
Makes its own distinct impression thanks to a finely tuned attention to atmospheric detail over broad sci-fi sensationalism.
July 6, 2010
A uniquely satisfying entertainment.