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.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2011-04-04
Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2010-12-17
A seamless blending of romance, road movie and monster flick.
Nigel Floyd, Time Out, 2010-12-01
A sharp little low-fi monster movie operating from a tantalizing premise.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2010-11-19
A stunning piece of work that packs a devastating emotional wallop.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2010-11-18
"Monsters" is a rather special achievement. Think of it as a movie that M. Night Shyamalan (and we) would be happy he made.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2010-11-18
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.''
Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly, 2010-11-17
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?
Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail, 2010-11-12
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.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2010-11-11
Monsters is far from perfect, but as a calling card for a rising young talent, it's impressive.
Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News, 2010-11-04
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.
Bob Mondello, NPR, 2010-10-29
Effortlessly compels. The ending may be pure sci-fi schmaltz, but it's schmaltz that this viewer, at least, could believe in.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 2010-10-29
The most interesting thing here is the budget.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2011-04-04
Too much of Monsters simply reminds you of other, better movies...
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2010-12-23
"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.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2010-11-05
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.
Ted Fry, Seattle Times, 2010-11-04
Monsters wants to be an allegory about American self-absorption or the panic over immigration or something; exactly what is never very clear.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2010-11-04
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.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2010-11-03
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...
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2010-10-29
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.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2010-10-29