“There Goes Neighborhood”
“A Fun And Weird CGI Film Ive Seen ”
“"It's Alive; The House Is Alive"”
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
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Monster House chooses not to take the interesting route, opting more often for wisecracking dialogue and bombastic effects.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
It's part story and part spectacle, with the two halves being nicely balanced to offer something for just about everyone.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The difference between Monster House and most other animated movies is a little thing called story. It actually has one, and doesn't just trot out cheeky characters spewing gratuitous pop-culture references.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Until this animated horrorfest turns shrill, debuting director Gil Kenan delivers enough visual goods to justify the faith of producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Kids may grow up too fast today to embrace the film's familiar message of the virtues of an unhurried adolescence, but it's nice to be reminded of the possibility.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Frightful fun for tweens and up.
Jane Boursaw - Common Sense Media
I suspect, and hope that "Monster House" will become a Halloween classic, because it's too fun to be forgotten.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
"Monster House" may well be the first mainstream animated exploitation movie.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
A good laugh and technologically fascinating.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
[Has] its moments of both scares and laughs.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It's too dark for the kiddies, while not having enough of an adult flavor to reach an older audience.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The most troubling element of the film is its conclusion ... which comes to rather alarming conclusions about how to deal with a resentful social outcast.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
Delivers the freaky/funny goods for audiences of all ages.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A plodding and unimaginative screenplay.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
A cleverly conceived, kid-friendly horror flick with a lot going for it, mixing clever asides in a thrill-a-minute roller coaster ride on the way to a finale with a satisfying send-off.
Kam Williams - Upstage Magazine
- Irish Times
Monster House doesn't give specifics about when it takes place, but I swear it must be the '80's.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
The best animated film of 2006.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
A visual treat, with characters that look like caricatures and a house that's as much of a monster as anything Hollywood has given us.
James Plath - Reel.com
full review in Greek
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Set on Halloween, the script is original and nicely creepy, even when the boys are joined by a redhead named Jenny.
- Sydney Morning Herald
In an era of meticulously muggy, corporate-vetted movies designed to launch possible franchises before the first film has even released, Monster House plays pleasingly to audiences of almost any age, driven by a strong sense of wonderment.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
A rich, layered and often funny script, with some decent scares, as well as some knowing, hip scenes that satisfy with their edgy moments and lines.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
...amid the technical dazzle, the spunky juvenile protagonists give the film an unlikely anchor.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Monster House may look like the sort of movie that is more or less safe for little kids, but the humour gets a little crude in places.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
Here's a conundrum: an animated movie that is pitched at kids but is far more suitable for teenagers and adults.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
From his brilliantly twisted vision of the house itself to the casting of the voice actors for this film, Kenan couldn't have done a better job for his frosh film effort.
Kim Voynar - Cinematical
This is not only going to make the little ones jump, but it made a few big ones (like me) jump, too! It's scary
Michael Szymanski - Sci-Fi Weekly
Unfortunately, I don't think it's going to be a monster hit.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
The last act ends up marring what up to that point has been an above-average kiddie adventure.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
So fresh, innovative and fun, you can't believe it wasn't written by Brad Bird and directed by Robert Zemeckis.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Newfangled technology providing old-fashioned frights. Maybe these folks are on to something.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
It may be a tad too scary for the very young but for everyone else this is a frighteningly good movie.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Un susto animado digno de risas y una cinta imprescindible mas para el almanaque de noche de brujas.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
A scary, sharp, funny movie, this is the best kids' flick of the year so far.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine
While certain elements of Monster House might be too scary for very small children it is unquestionably worth seeing. With stunning animation, loveable characters and a witty script this is the best children's film of the year so far.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
n the pantheon of CGI films, it's one of the most adult-orientated animations yet. I don't need to tell you that the kids in the screening were enamoured from start to finish.
- Time Out
A bracingly icy breath of fresh air, a tween-oriented family film that is unabashedly out to frighten… an excursion into primal fears of places you don’t want to walk past at night.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
While it might not bring the house down, there's enough here to suggest this Monster won't be moving out of cinemas any time soon.
Neil Smith - BBC
Monster House, a CG-animated horror comedy, has the kind of freaky-fun imagery that goes directly to the heart of your inner child.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Am I the only one wondering why "Monster House" wasn't released at Halloween?
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
... too intense for children... too dull for adults... why wasn't this a LIVE feature film?
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
A decent dark animated picture with some fun, some scares and some neat interaction between the three lead characters.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
In a lovely neighbourhood there is a very old and dilapidated house that eats anything that lands on its property.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
(Monster House)...is a Goonies to get lost in, an amiable adventure yarn that has action and atmosphere to burn.
Bill Gibron - DVD Verdict
The basic story is very similar to a recent animated film called "Howl's Moving Castle."
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
...an often beguiling piece of computer animation that could nonetheless benefit from a gentler touch.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
This doesn't have a clear target audience in mind.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Creepy in more ways than one: The 'performance capture' technology still results in animated human characters who look more disturbing than natural.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Monster House is crammed to the rafters with the kind of satisfying horror-lite scares that make it a perfect midsummer diversion.
Sara Brady - Premiere Magazine
A new Halloween tradition... Kenan and his crew have designed a carnival spook house thrill ride to match the best.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
What initially appears to be a straightforward haunted house tale morphs into a haunting tale about love, retribution and acceptance.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Unfurls like a campfire story sugar-infused teenage counselors would spin for frightened scouts on an overnight trip.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
This daring effort is uniformly well-crafted and bodes well for director Gil Kenan's future.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Monster House" is just a blast, expertly turning those old childhood fears about the weird house down the street into big-screen entertainment.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Obviously, this is a movie aimed at pre-adolescents and not 30-something emotional cripples like me, but I felt the movie could've been a little more ghastly.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
After a clever and well-constructed first half, this digital family cartoon falls apart before your eyes. When the kids finally get inside the house, it's as if the script gets eaten alive, too.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
One of the best puberty-peril films since the 1980s boom, "Monster House" balances out its elements of Burton and boyhood to make a movie more alive with the magic of Halloween than "The Polar Express" was with the spirit of Christmas.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
If you've ever been freaked out by that run-down gothic-looking house down at the end of the block, you must see Monster House. If not, go anyway.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Ultimately, the environments are far more interesting than the humans navigating within them.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
Most of the characters are cliches, but the horror shows some imagination. This is not a classic animation film, but it is a nice and sometime grizzly little horror story for kids.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
I was wondering whether Summer 2006 was going to provide me with a genuine 4-star, this-is-what-I-love-about-movies experience. And then I saw Monster House.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Sometimes irreverently hip and sometimes sweet, the spooky-house tale provides the best and worst in family entertainment.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Equal parts Ray Bradbury and rickety carnival spook show, this animated tale of a carnivorous, haunted house and the band of neighborhood kids who decide to put it out of commission feels maddeningly unfinished...
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A fun trick, and a real treat.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
A haunted house that's alive, uproots itself, and storms down the street on a rampage seems a bit over-stimulating for young children.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A wicked house that confiscates every toy within its reach, and kidnaps every human on its doorstep, is more fun than you know.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
There are loads of priceless moments in this film.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Don't let this one pass you by on the big-screen. It's movie magic. The kind many of us thought died many summers ago.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
'Way too scary for tykes and far too juvenile for teens, this malevolent monstrosity falls into a pre-adolescent abyss.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
With its childhood gothic imagery and carnival freak show subplot, "Monster House" feels like something sprung from the mind of Tim Burton.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
owes more to Tim Burton than to the traditional Disney-style animated summer family movies
Anne Gilbert - Filmcritic.com
...a truly nostalgic reminiscence of childhood scares and dares.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch