88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
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?
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Monsters holds our attention ever more deeply as we realize it's not a casual exploitation picture.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Clark Collis
Monsters is really a road-movie romance that tracks the burgeoning relationship between two strangers as they travel through the "infected" zone.
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75

NPR

By Bob Mondello
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. Too bad his screenwriting software didn't have an equivalently impressive plot-twisting algorithm to get him to the final fade.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Monsters, like a serpent eating its own tail, comes back on itself in ways that haunt, and hurt.
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70

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Wait a second, is this a horror movie or an episode of The Hills?
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Although the tentative performances of his two human leads proves less satisfying, and the story's not-so-underlying sociological context can be hard to miss -- it takes place along the U.S.-Mexico border -- the overall picture still impresses.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Monsters is a genuine curio: a moody, low-budget road-movie romance that takes place against a background of alien invasion.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
An arty, ruminative and slow-paced film that's being marketed as a big ol' alien-invasion flick. Just don't expect an invasion flick.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What brings Monsters down from its extremely low perch is a conspicuous lack of monstrosity.
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63 out of 100
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