91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Kenan directs with a zingy sense of kids, comedy, fright, and visual perspective. But the movie also shimmers and shakes in all its motion-capture animated beauty with the slyly deep sensibilities of executive producer Robert Zemeckis.
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88

Premiere

Smaller kids might find the movie too intense at times, especially when DJ, Chowder, and Jenny find themselves literally in the belly of the beast. But everyone else should enjoy a good, goosebumpy scare.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Easily the best computer-animated feature to come from Hollywood in a long while, Monster House is also one of the weirdest. A creepy-crawly, freak-show Halloween yarn.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A captivating piece of visual wizardry. The house, which eventually frees itself from its moorings and chases after our trio of tweener heroes, is a genuine original.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Monster House was designed as a family movie and a scary movie. It may scare children, but it won't terrify them. So it's no scarier than it should be.
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75

USA Today

Monster House may be the first true horror film for children.
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75

Chicago Tribune

Set around Halloween, Monster House manages to cull bits and pieces from Hammer, Hitchcock and the old-dark-house genre of 19th Century literature and early 20th Century stage and film.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The voice work is exceptional, with a special nod to Maggie Gyllenhaal as a toxic-tongued baby sitter and Jason Lee as her raunchy-to-the-point-of-depraved boyfriend. Kenan is a talent to watch, even in a flick that doesn't know when to quit.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Monster House is the first horror comedy made exclusively for fourth-graders.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Monster House benefits from strong graphic design and lovely lighting, but the script is nothing to write home about.
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68 out of 100
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