A photojournalist must bring his publisher's daughter along when his latest assignment takes him into an area populated by strange, vicious beasts.
" Just remember, folks: If a NASA probe finds alien life forms in space, it's not a good idea to bring DNA samples back to Earth. "
" Both of them are so obnoxious that you're quickly rooting for the monsters to get them. Unfortunately, they're never in any real danger. "
" Effortlessly compels. The ending may be pure sci-fi schmaltz, but it's schmaltz that this viewer, at least, could believe in. "
" With Monsters, Edwards transcends the special-effects auteur label, creating a memorable sci-fi story in which the hero and heroine are true equals in the adventure. How's that for an alien concept? "
" Monsters wants to be an allegory about American self-absorption or the panic over immigration or something; exactly what is never very clear. "
" The result impresses thanks to the lead actors' performances and Edwards' skilled efforts. But it should come with a warning: ''Here be (not many) monsters.'' "
" A sharp little low-fi monster movie operating from a tantalizing premise. "
" A stunning piece of work that packs a devastating emotional wallop. "
" Monsters is far from perfect, but as a calling card for a rising young talent, it's impressive. "
" Too much of Monsters simply reminds you of other, better movies... "
" The immigration and drug war parable and photojournalism ethics are never front and center, but draw attention because Edwards doesn't deliver well-earned frights or even cheap jolts. It's a good-looking movie with zero sense of urgency. "
" "Monsters" is a rather special achievement. Think of it as a movie that M. Night Shyamalan (and we) would be happy he made. "
" A better-than-average debut by a filmmaker who merits watching. Let's hope that he keeps some of his indie spirit when Hollywood comes calling. "
" "Monsters" is no ordinary horror film. If it were, it might be a bit better than it is. As the movie stands, it's a less-than-compelling relationship drama, with aliens. "
" The most interesting thing here is the budget. "
" What brings Monsters down from its extremely low perch is a conspicuous lack of monstrosity -- the best the filmmaker's laptop has come up with is fleeting glimpses of supersize squid -- together with the vacuousness of the hero and heroine... "
" Edwards is a wizard with his laptop's effects program. The squiddy things he conjures up look like the real deal - thoroughly creepy and a gazillion feet tall. "
" Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in. "
" A seamless blending of romance, road movie and monster flick. "
" For all the portentous ambience and subtlety of mood in this micro-budget slog through tropical wastelands and the mumbled dialogue of its vacant-eyed protagonists, Monsters wields a pretty heavy-handed allegorical message. "
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