83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Cloverfield, a surreptitiously subversive, stylistically clever little gem of an entertainment disguised, under its deadpan-neutral title, as a dumb Gen-YouTube monster movie, makes the convincingly chilling argument that the world will end -- or, at least, Manhattan will crumble -- with a bang and a whimper.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Produced by "Lost" and "Alias" mastermind J.J. Abrams, Cloverfield has been one of the more interesting experiments in large-scale guerrilla filmmaking.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Cloverfield is content to be a creature feature; that's what makes it bearable and what keeps it from greatness. The genre, not the script, does the psychological heavy lifting.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It’s dumb but quick and dirty and effectively brusque, dispensing with niceties such as character.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The genre may be old news, but the skillfully made Cloverfield offers a heart-racing experience with plenty of chills, thrills and exhilaration.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Mercifully, at 84 minutes the movie is even shorter than its originally alleged 90-minute running time; how much visual shakiness can we take? And yet, all in all, it is an effective film, deploying its special effects well and never breaking the illusion that it is all happening as we see it.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Manhattan has always been a fat target for apocalypse filmmakers, but with its 9/11-inspired imagery, Matt Reeves' breathlessly fast-paced Cloverfield is going to resonate with New York audiences in a way no other horror film has.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Think "Godzilla Unplugged" -- with chillingly effective results.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Much scampering, yelling, quaking and crying is required of the actors, and they acquit themselves well enough, even with oozing fake wounds and prop rebars piercing their shoulder blades.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Now that the fanboy hype has cleared, we can see Cloverfield for what it is: borrowed inspiration, trite screenwriting and amateurish acting all in the service of a ballsy idea -- that a horror movie could maybe, just maybe, have a soul.
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64 out of 100
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