Roundup-monster-thumbstandard-v2 Six years after aliens invaded Earth, a security force maintains tenuous control in the Infected Zone straddling the U.S.-Mexican border. Andrew (Scoot McNairy), a photographer, is documenting this war-torn area when he's interrupted by an unexpected rescue mission. Samantha (Whitney Able), daughter of a media mogul who just happens to be his boss, needs an escort home, and Andrew reluctantly takes on the job.
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“Monsters" is a wondrously atmospheric drama from the young British filmmaker Gareth Edwards. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 71%
Critics' score: 71   Audience score: 49   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Even if the visually similar Cloverfield and the thematically similar District 9 didn't already exist, this would still seem painfully hackneyed and obvious.

Christy Lemire, Associated Press

Although the vérité aesthetics of Monsters will invite comparisons to Cloverfield and District 9, what galls most is the infuriating lack of purpose beyond its backdrop. full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

A sharp little low-fi monster movie operating from a tantalizing premise. full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

A stunning piece of work that packs a devastating emotional wallop. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Monsters" is a rather special achievement. Think of it as a movie that M. Night Shyamalan (and we) would be happy he made. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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.'' full review

Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly

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? full review

Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail

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. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"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. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

I want to convince you to see it but I don't want to hype it so much that the surprise is ruined. full review

Andrew O'Hehir,

Monsters wants to be an allegory about American self-absorption or the panic over immigration or something; exactly what is never very clear. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

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. full review

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... full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

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

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Monsters is far from perfect, but as a calling card for a rising young talent, it's impressive. full review

Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
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full review by Peter Howell, Toronto Star
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Available From: Mar 03, 2011
  • Queued by: 11389 people
Directed By
Gareth Edwards
Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy

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