'Monster House' Critic Reviews

82%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
74%
Rotten Tomatoes:   162 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    Feature first-timer Gil Kenan directs with a zingy sense of kids, comedy, fright, and visual perspective.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    One of the spooky archetypes of childhood imagination the dark, mysterious house across the street is literally brought to life in this marvelously creepy animated feature.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    One of the best animated movies of the past couple of years and the most enjoyable family entertainment of recent months.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    The movie treats children with respect. Monster's pre-teens are sarcastic, think they're smarter than their parents and are going crazy over the opposite sex.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Monster House is an eyesore.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Even at 87 minutes, Monster House overstays its welcome. The finale is an overbearingly loud chaos of splintered boards and sentiment.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    What the movie lacks in story development it makes up for in spooky thrills.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Monster House benefits from strong graphic design and lovely lighting, but the script is nothing to write home about.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    88
    Monster House, a frankly horrific and full-tilt hilarious family yarn about a man-snacking mansion. It's engineered to scare your pants off, split your sides and squeeze your tear ducts into submission.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    Monster House is good fun. All that's missing is the indelible link between good and great.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Monster House never pulls off this transit of kiddie fright to delight and back. Yet there is plenty here to dread. The movie is a creepfest. And I don't mean that kindly.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The animated feature Monster House might one day become an amusement-park ride -- it's all about synergy, you know -- but it couldn't be much more fun than in its present incarnation.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Viewers of all ages who survived the 2003 film version of the Disney ride known as The Haunted Mansion will appreciate the improvement Monster House represents in the realm of old dark houses with great big secrets.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The overall conception suggests Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle, the frenetic pacing seems as American as an apple pie in your face.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    Easily the best computer-animated feature to come from Hollywood in a long while, Monster House is also one of the weirdest.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    The film is comprehensively creepy, often funny, a little bit touching, and exciting.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    59
    The result is an efficient film that never really catches fire, but satisfies along the way.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    75
    Most viewers will see this computer-animated movie on a conventional 2D screen. That's too bad, because, given the range of motion-capture effects and camera moves, the film was made for 3D.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Across 90 minutes... the experience is desensitizing and dispiriting and far too insistent.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The storytelling skill in Monster House isn't always up to its visuals. But as a roller-coaster summer entertainment, it's a heck of a lot more fun than Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, not to mention a full hour shorter.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    This Monster House is a real fun house. It's a 3-D animated kids' film built on classic gothic horror lines, a jokey, spooky Goonies for the new millennium.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    The hybrid computer animation technique used by Robert Zemeckis in Polar Express finds both better expression and a more appropriate holiday -- Halloween -- in the witty kids' horror movie Monster House.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Monster House chooses not to take the interesting route, opting more often for wisecracking dialogue and bombastic effects.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    It's part story and part spectacle, with the two halves being nicely balanced to offer something for just about everyone.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    This Roald Dahl-esque tale and cornball fantasy never quite jell into a satisfying movie experience. The move feels frustratingly disjointed like that lumbering, disintegrating house storming down the street.
    Full Review » 8 years ago