Monsters Vs. Aliens Reviews

  • I think many young children will learn from this film without even realizing they're being taught something.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Monsters vs. Aliens sacrifices soul and edge for safety and bland blue goo.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A highly competent, smartly engineered delivery system for the very cliches it pretends to subvert.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • 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.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • The latest computer-animated production from DreamWorks is a perfectly acceptable family movie.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The biggest battle in Monsters vs. Aliens is banality vs. originality, and banality carries the day.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • As willfully chock-full of the familiar as the animated feature is, it's also a hoot.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • I don't think there are any characters here that a child would love.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A big, silly spoof of an animated film, fast and funny and visually dazzling.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Don't overthink Monsters vs. Aliens. Just enjoy it.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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