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Monsters vs. Aliens Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Derek Adams
Time Out
April 3, 2009
Monsters vs Aliens is skilfully animated and spasmodically funny, but you get the impression the film's seven (!) writers ran out of ideas two-thirds of the way through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 30, 2009
[The voice cast] really delivered funny line after funny line throughout this.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 30, 2009
Monsters Vs Aliens made me feel like a big kid again.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 30, 2009
As I took off my gray-lensed 3-D spectacles at the end of Monsters vs. Aliens, I felt not so much immersed as fuzzy with exhaustion.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 30, 2009
It's an affectionate, fairly funny riff on 1950s sci-fi movies, which often featured aliens, sometimes in the form of gelatinous glop, trying to take over Earth before earthlings, usually of the military variety, save the day.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
March 27, 2009
At the altar... Susan sprouts to just under 50 feet tall, taking out the church roof and steeple in the process. Next time, raise higher the roof beam, carpenters.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 27, 2009
I don't think there are any characters here that a child would love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 27, 2009
Heavily touted as an industry breakthrough for 3-D, DreamWorks Animation's clunky and wildly unimaginative Monsters vs. Aliens really doesn't have a clue what to do with the technique.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 27, 2009
The 3-D animation, occasional gross-out jokes and way-cool beasties and robots play to every 10-year-old, chronological or just in spirit.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 27, 2009
True, the story doesn't amount to much, but the plot tends to take a back seat when you've got a not-quite-50-foot version of Reese Witherspoon duking it out with a mighty alien robot alongside the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 27, 2009
Shooting a chaotic action scene in an extra dimension definitely adds to the clutter, but does zilch to subtract from the tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 27, 2009
The cool stuff -- like 3-D and collapsing bridges -- may get filmmakers halfway there, but to make it all the way home, they need the usual movie elements, like a good story and vivid characters, and here Monsters vs. Aliens comes up short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 27, 2009
A big, silly spoof of an animated film, fast and funny and visually dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 27, 2009
As willfully chock-full of the familiar as the animated feature is, it's also a hoot.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 27, 2009
This film has hidden depths, especially for adults who mistakenly think Monsters vs. Aliens is only for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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March 27, 2009
Directors Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon push so hard for three-dimensionality that they basically have their animators putting sightlines before storylines.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 26, 2009
MvA isn't, and isn't pretending to be, as ambitious a project as Pixar's almost universally lauded Wall-E was. But does it have to feel like something that's just rolled off a conveyor belt, made according to an exacting but dull set of specifications?
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 26, 2009
Three-dimensional sequences, whether animated or live action, can feel more gimmicky than integral to the tale. Happily, such is not the case with the entertaining Monsters vs. Aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 26, 2009
The super-duper-3-D-big-screen-Imax-deluxe extravaganza that is Monsters vs. Aliens has bells and whistles, superb technical sophistication and dazzling visual effects, sound, fury and Reese Witherspoon. What it doesn't have is heart.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 26, 2009
"Nice" is the adjective that seems to surface most in trying to pin down the film's most salient quality, which means that while the film is enjoyable enough, it is unlikely to become a classic for us, or a Shrek sort of franchise for DreamWorks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 26, 2009
A highly competent, smartly engineered delivery system for the very clichés it pretends to subvert.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 26, 2009
An animated funhouse that delivers on its title and ups its scary-comic impact if you see it in 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 26, 2009
The DreamWorkers can be satisfied with having produced another crowd-pleasing, expert-babysitting vaudeville turn.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 26, 2009
The biggest battle in Monsters vs. Aliens is banality vs. originality, and banality carries the day.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 26, 2009
Pilfering everything from Mothra to Attack of the 50 Foot Woman to Men in Black and Monsters, Inc. the script piles on the mayhem and forgets the funny.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 26, 2009
Do see this movie in 3-D if you can, and don't hesitate to send the kids; there's just enough silly humor to keep them happy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 26, 2009
While it has a crisp 3-D look and nice vocal performances, this action-comedy will seem fresh only to 8-year-olds -- though it may give parents an excuse to introduce some of the '50s horror movies it parodies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
March 26, 2009
Monsters vs. Aliens tries very hard to entertain every demographic in the audience, although it's at its most enjoyable when it's not trying quite so hard.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 26, 2009
It's lively and even dazzling, but it's also more than willing to lazily distract its audience rather than trying anything new.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 26, 2009
The latest computer-animated production from DreamWorks is a perfectly acceptable family movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 26, 2009
An amalgam of the vintage sci-fier Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman and Pixar's Monsters Inc., Monsters vs. Aliens is a goofy computer-animated romp that works just fine in the traditional moviegoing format.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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March 26, 2009
The multilayered picture tends to have a gently immersive effect, akin to a stroll through the world's most expensive diorama.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2009
Children won't get the references to atomic-age monster movies, but the film offers more than nostalgia: there are slyly funny performances by Seth Rogen as an omnivorous blue blob and Stephen Colbert as the U.S. president.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 26, 2009
Monsters vs. Aliens is possibly the most commercial title of the year. How can you resist such a premise, especially if it's in 3-D animation? Very readily, in my case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 26, 2009
Monsters vs. Aliens may lack a bit of heart, but it more than compensates with intelligent humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 25, 2009
Monsters vs. Aliens sacrifices soul and edge for safety and bland blue goo.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 25, 2009
Sure, the film is sweet and harmless but, take away the 3D, and all you're left with is a generic kids' movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 25, 2009
Don't overthink Monsters vs. Aliens. Just enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 25, 2009
The action scenes are downright thrilling, the storytelling is brisk and witty, the homages to alien and monster movies funny and affectionate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
March 24, 2009
The grandeur of the effects -- the honest-to-God spectacle of the thing -- elevates Monsters vs. Aliens to something approaching art. It's not a masterpiece, but it's most certainly a milestone.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 24, 2009
Classic creatures from the 1950s get a high-tech makeover, with a healthy amount of attitude, in the 3-D animated Monsters vs. Aliens.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
March 23, 2009
By the DVD release -- and definitely by next year -- audiences will demand more effort than everyone at DreamWorks (excluding the animators) seems willing to exert.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 23, 2009
As with any good cartoon, the animators mix visual stunts with rimshot-worthy one-liners and verbal gags.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 23, 2009
A host of minor issues, none of them too debilitating on its own, combine to create a feeling of moderate underachievement.