The Monster Reviews

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
A film like Bryan Bertino's The Monster, featuring a fantastic and fearless performance from Zoe Kazan, feels oddly timely.
November 11, 2016
An admirably lean-and-mean execution of an elemental horror story.
November 10, 2016
Mr. Bertino, who also wrote the undercooked script, sets the scene effectively, using his leads to give the story a sense of normalcy that he dismantles trick by genre trick.
Top Critic
November 10, 2016
The Monster offers solid performances and a real-world subtext. But those virtues aren't enough to keep the movie from getting stalled in some big bad woods, miles short of profundity.
November 10, 2016
Not least of the surprises here is that even when "The Monster" is trying to scare you witless, its every scene insistently reaffirms its characters' humanity.
November 10, 2016
A simple but skillfully told shocker.
Top Critic
November 10, 2016
It's an intriguing combination in theory, but the individual elements both feel a little half-baked, and stirring them up into one doesn't help.
November 9, 2016
There's little originality scared up by "The Monster," but that doesn't make director Bryan Bertino's horror flick easier to watch through the gaps in your fingers.
November 9, 2016
As in his first shocker, the sadistic home-invasion film "The Strangers," director Bryan Bertino shows he knows all the usual tricks, without proving he knows how to push beyond them. Yet there's something else at work here.