'Monsters Vs. Aliens' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   12 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   216 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    80
    I think many young children will learn from this film without even realizing they're being taught something.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    Monsters vs. Aliens sacrifices soul and edge for safety and bland blue goo.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    A highly competent, smartly engineered delivery system for the very cliches it pretends to subvert.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    It's all very good value, although I have a vague feeling that a gallery of freaky sci-fi creatures, as in Monsters Inc, may not engage the young audience's sympathies as much as humanoids. Great fun, anyway.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Three-dimensional sequences, whether animated or live action, can feel more gimmicky than integral to the tale. Happily, such is not the case with the entertaining Monsters vs. Aliens.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The super-duper-3-D-big-screen-Imax-deluxe extravaganza that is Monsters vs. Aliens has bells and whistles, superb technical sophistication and dazzling visual effects, sound, fury and Reese Witherspoon. What it doesn't have is heart.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    The latest computer-animated production from DreamWorks is a perfectly acceptable family movie.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The grandeur of the effects -- the honest-to-God spectacle of the thing -- elevates Monsters vs. Aliens to something approaching art. It's not a masterpiece, but it's most certainly a milestone.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    While it has a crisp 3-D look and nice vocal performances, this action-comedy will seem fresh only to 8-year-olds -- though it may give parents an excuse to introduce some of the '50s horror movies it parodies.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The biggest battle in Monsters vs. Aliens is banality vs. originality, and banality carries the day.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    True, the story doesn't amount to much, but the plot tends to take a back seat when you've got a not-quite-50-foot version of Reese Witherspoon duking it out with a mighty alien robot alongside the Golden Gate Bridge.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    As willfully chock-full of the familiar as the animated feature is, it's also a hoot.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    As I took off my gray-lensed 3-D spectacles at the end of Monsters vs. Aliens, I felt not so much immersed as fuzzy with exhaustion.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    Monsters vs. Aliens is possibly the most commercial title of the year. How can you resist such a premise, especially if it's in 3-D animation? Very readily, in my case.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    Pilfering everything from Mothra to Attack of the 50 Foot Woman to Men in Black and Monsters, Inc. the script piles on the mayhem and forgets the funny.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Children won't get the references to atomic-age monster movies, but the film offers more than nostalgia: there are slyly funny performances by Seth Rogen as an omnivorous blue blob and Stephen Colbert as the U.S. president.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    An amalgam of the vintage sci-fier Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman and Pixar's Monsters Inc., Monsters vs. Aliens is a goofy computer-animated romp that works just fine in the traditional moviegoing format.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    I don't think there are any characters here that a child would love.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    A big, silly spoof of an animated film, fast and funny and visually dazzling.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Don't overthink Monsters vs. Aliens. Just enjoy it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Chick Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    A host of minor issues, none of them too debilitating on its own, combine to create a feeling of moderate underachievement.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Heavily touted as an industry breakthrough for 3-D, DreamWorks Animation's clunky and wildly unimaginative Monsters vs. Aliens really doesn't have a clue what to do with the technique.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    The action scenes are downright thrilling, the storytelling is brisk and witty, the homages to alien and monster movies funny and affectionate.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    This film has hidden depths, especially for adults who mistakenly think Monsters vs. Aliens is only for kids.
    Full Review » 5 years ago