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2010 2.2/5 R SuperHD 93 minutes

Six years after aliens invaded Earth, a photographer is documenting a war-torn region when he's interrupted by an unexpected rescue mission.

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Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able Directed by Gareth Edwards

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Language: English

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NYT Critics' Pick: Alien Invaders, Earthling Romance

“Monsters” is a wondrously atmospheric drama from the young British filmmaker Gareth Edwards. — Jeannette Catsoulis Read the review

Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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