Monster House Reviews

  • Feature first-timer Gil Kenan directs with a zingy sense of kids, comedy, fright, and visual perspective.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • One of the best animated movies of the past couple of years and the most enjoyable family entertainment of recent months.

    Philip French — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • Monster House is an eyesore.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Even at 87 minutes, Monster House overstays its welcome. The finale is an overbearingly loud chaos of splintered boards and sentiment.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • What the movie lacks in story development it makes up for in spooky thrills.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • Monster House benefits from strong graphic design and lovely lighting, but the script is nothing to write home about.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Monster House is good fun. All that's missing is the indelible link between good and great.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The overall conception suggests Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle, the frenetic pacing seems as American as an apple pie in your face.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • Easily the best computer-animated feature to come from Hollywood in a long while, Monster House is also one of the weirdest.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film is comprehensively creepy, often funny, a little bit touching, and exciting.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The result is an efficient film that never really catches fire, but satisfies along the way.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • Across 90 minutes... the experience is desensitizing and dispiriting and far too insistent.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • 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.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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