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Monsters

6/10
Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Thriller . Drama
 

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an infected zone. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures," while a journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.

 
Actors: Mario Zuniga Benavides , Fernando Lara , Kevon Kane , Annalee Jefferies , Scoot McNairy , Whitney Able
Directors: Gareth Edwards
Country: UK
Release: 2010-12-03
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  • Dan Jolin

    An amazing achievement for a 'first-time' filmmaker, which measures up to the finest indies for performance and character-work, and the biggest blockbusters for jaw-dropping effects. And it has the year's best sex scene, too.

    Empire Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    The film is a startlingly original and haunting take on our ageless fear of otherness.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jennie Punter

    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?

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Monsters holds our attention ever more deeply as we realize it's not a casual exploitation picture.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    Monsters is really a road-movie romance that tracks the burgeoning relationship between two strangers as they travel through the "infected" zone.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    However you slice it, Monsters is a dynamite little film, loaded with atmosphere, intelligence, beauty and courage.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Pam Grady

    Monsters is enormously satisfying in the way it combines suspense, romance and sci-fi. It heralds a bright new talent in Edwards. If he can do all this for no money, imagine what he can do with a real budget.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Monsters, like a serpent eating its own tail, comes back on itself in ways that haunt, and hurt.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Monsters is a tiny sci-fi thriller that makes up what it lacks in big effects with a fine photographic eye, a low-key sense of scale, and a genuine (if not always well-performed) human drama.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Monsters is a sharp little low-fi monster movie operating from a tantalizing premise.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    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. Too bad his screenwriting software didn't have an equivalently impressive plot-twisting algorithm to get him to the final fade.

    NPR Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Monsters works not because of its representation of alien creatures or its somewhat derivative back story but because of the atypical manner in which it approaches the character-based narrative.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Monsters effortlessly compels. The ending may be pure sci-fi schmaltz, but it's schmaltz that this viewer, at least, could believe in.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michelle Orange

    Wait a second, is this a horror movie or an episode of The Hills?

    Movieline Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Gareth Edwards' low-budget science-fiction film Monsters is both a testament to what the latest technologies allow filmmakers to do, and-on the downside-a testament to the enduring importance of a good script.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Monsters is a genuine curio: a moody, low-budget road-movie romance that takes place against a background of alien invasion.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    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.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    Director Gareth Edwards, a CGI artist by trade, has created a dystopian landscape that's so naturalistic, it's uncanny.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    An arty, ruminative and slow-paced film that's being marketed as a big ol' alien-invasion flick. Just don't expect an invasion flick.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The new creature feature Monsters is an intriguing mash-up of "District 9," "The Host" and assorted recent post-apocalypse road pictures.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The result is notably dim and flat on a big screen, and the giant-monster scenes, often cloaked in darkness, are few and disappointing. Edwards tries to take the high road with a politically intriguing premise (a la District 9) and a tight focus on the evolving relationship between his two traveling companions, but his shapeless script doesn't do much with either element.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    What brings Monsters down from its extremely low perch is a conspicuous lack of monstrosity.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    An attempt to counter noisy, hyper effects-laden alien invasion flicks with something teasing, indie and good for you. Instead, it's like a pendulum swing too far in the other direction.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The only thing remotely scary about Monsters is that Magnolia is releasing this boring scare-, suspense- and gore-free horror movie (which reportedly cost less than $100,000) on Halloween weekend.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Pure, light entertainment.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jessica Winter

    The richly multilayered picture tends to have a gently immersive effect, akin to a stroll through the world's most expensive diorama.

    Slate Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The movie may best be appreciated by people who know the references. All five monsters come from low-budget science fiction films of the 1950s.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Full disclosure: I saw Monsters vs. Aliens in 2-D. No dorky plastic glasses, no alien ooze flying at my head. More full disclosure: I liked it.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    This is a pleasure to watch for everyone.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Dazzling colors, winning characters and energetic visual effects all work in concert, with the 3-D animation serving to intensify the experience.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Perry Seibert

    This is a lean 90 minutes, packed with laughs and age-appropriate thrills -- not to mention a solid lesson for girls about self-respect.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    My favorite voice/animation combo, however, is Stephen Colbert's very terrestrial president of the United States.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    There is a nice mix of action with tender moments -- especially among the misfit monsters

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A film of chuckles, smiles and light amusement rather than big laughs, galvanizing excitement and original invention.

    Variety Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Another crowd-pleasing, expert-babysitting vaudeville turn.

    Time Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    In fact "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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    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, who faces down, and then flees, an alien invasion.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    On some level, the latest DreamWorks CGI project isn't a movie so much as a gag-delivery system wrapped in special effects. The story is crammed with incident, yet completely trifling; there are a ton of personalities, but no real characters.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Monsters vs. Aliens suffers from the common 3D problems: dim lighting, poor focus in fast-paced action sequences, and too many distractions for the movie to grab the viewer.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    3-D is a distraction and an annoyance.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    If you have to see Monsters vs. Aliens - and if you're a parent, you will have to - make sure it's the 3-D version.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    "WALL-E" had more charm, more soul, more everything. But there's enough merry mischief here to satisfy, even if you’re way past puberty.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Eric Campos

    The 3D visuals are an enormous part of MVA's experience and they also help to cover up the lackluster “comedy.”

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The movie works hard -- desperately hard -- to be all things to all audience segments. And the visible effort erodes the sense of gaiety, of unfettered fun.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    After a while, you can see the setups happening -- and once you do, the careening gets predictable. Which gets old, really fast.

    NPR Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Has bells and whistles, superb technical sophistication and dazzling visual effects, sound, fury and Reese Witherspoon. What it doesn't have is heart. Like so many vehicles that have popped out from the DreamWorks Animation snark tank, Monsters vs. Aliens is too clever by half.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The movie is curiously unmemorable, partly because nearly all of its humor depends on your having seen something like it before, even if you haven't.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Even in 3D, as the picture is being shown in some theaters -- Ginormica is a disappointingly flat character.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Despite the 3-D gadgetry, there's a musty odour to the script.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The movie is reasonably entertaining, though it helps to be 6 years old.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    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. What I had seen struck me less as a herald of shining possibility than as a thrill ride back to the future--back, that is, to an idea of the future, and a stale one at that.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The misfits, as ever, must take a back seat to the morality, and the result – while in no way migraine-inducing – traffics in rote truisms.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The biggest battle in Monsters vs. Aliens is banality vs. originality, and banality carries the day.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's tough to get on board with these monsters. They don't get the banter they--or we--deserve, and the screenwriters lean on wearying stereotypes.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Will pop your eyes without tickling your funny bone.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Dreamworks Animation's clunky and wildly unimaginative Monsters vs. Aliens really doesn't have a clue what to do with the [3-D] technique.

    New York Post Full Review
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