The Monster Reviews

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July 20, 2019
A stark reminder that the best horror doesn't just scare us, it makes us feel something more.
November 2, 2018
What makes The Monster such a masterful film is that it throws people who don't want to be around each other into a terrifying situation where they have to rely on each other to survive.
October 18, 2017
It's a small movie with a big message and even if the big bad itself is not scary, it's the unseen creature that is eating away the love between a mother and a daughter that offers the strongest frights.
February 22, 2017
The Monster lacks bite in the actual horror department, but like many other good horror films before it (Rosemary's Baby, The Shining), it plays with the anxiety of this very primal fear-the betrayal of the mother.
February 15, 2017
A creature feature is only as good as its monster and Bertino's film delivers on that.
February 8, 2017
An exceptional lead performance from Zoe Kazan makes the film stand out from the crowd.
February 4, 2017
Strong acting, ambitious themes and a limp final act make for one frustrating horror film experience.
December 13, 2016
It fails to generate anything resembling scares or suspense here, and the fault rests almost entirely with the script.
December 12, 2016
We're coming up to the end of a year full of great horror movies. "The Monster" may have more modest goals than some of the others, but it deserves a place on that list.
November 30, 2016
The Monster feels like a film reaching desperately for profundity and missing by a country mile. The Witch this is not. It's just another arthouse horror film broken down on the side of the road.
November 28, 2016
It doesn't take a lot of money to make a great horror movie. All it takes is the kind of understanding that The Monster possesses in spades.
November 23, 2016
Bertino's film is a great setup but one which doesn't move forward from that setup in interesting ways.
November 17, 2016
It's as flawless a horror film -- and specifically a monster movie -- you're likely to find in this or any other year.
November 17, 2016
There's no doubt that with The Monster, Bertino has confidently reestablished himself as a master of intimate horror.
November 16, 2016
The Monster really is a well-calibrated, nicely-balanced film that juggles scares and drama in equal measure.
November 14, 2016
The Monster represents a nerve-rattling comeback for the genre that should make long drives in the woods a lot more stressful for viewers.
November 13, 2016
A very heart felt, compelling, and tense monster movie...
November 12, 2016
The faint mist, the eerie silence, the saturated blacks - so much of this film is reminiscent of the classic monster movies of the '30s and '40s.
November 12, 2016
A fully realized depiction of elemental fear and desperation, The Monster's modest scale should attract discerning genre fans while establishing a firm basis for potential cult status.
November 11, 2016
... hints at greater ambition considering genre conventions, but the film's flat characters and predictable twists greatly diminish the suspense.
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