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Love and Monsters

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Canada, United States · 2020
1h 49m
Director Michael Matthews
Starring Dylan O'Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Dan Ewing
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

After monsters take over the world, Joel and the rest of humanity are forced to live underground. Believing he has lost everyone, Joel finds his high school sweetheart, Aimee, living just 80 miles away. Facing unknown dangers, Joel must make the impossible journey across a monster-infested land to be with the girl of his dreams.

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The Playlist by Charles Barfield

Ultimately, Love & Monsters is a film about picking yourself up, taking your destiny into your own hands, and not being afraid of living, even though you’re likely to make some mistakes along the way. And it’s a damn fun adventure to boot.


Rolling Stone by David Fear

This is a perfectly fine postapocalyptic mash-up that really is just the sum of its parts, and nowhere near a gleeful, shriek-inducing whole. For some, that might be considered a feature. For the rest of us, it’s most definitely a ginourmous, gaping-jawed bug.


The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

Love and Monsters proves itself a pretty well-rounded adventure for both its target audience and those older looking for a bit of escape that’s still firmly rooted in reality. Joel is an unlikely hero whose success shows humanity isn’t dead yet.


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

The movie's last act offers complications both expected and surprising. For the most part, it satisfies, especially in what proves to be the pic's most elaborate action sequence.


The New York Times by Lovia Gyarkye

Love and Monsters lacks the self-seriousness of typical dystopian flicks but, despite its surprisingly perfunctory title and relatively thin plot, it doesn’t completely lack depth.


The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

Give Love And Monsters credit: If nothing else, it does at least come up with a new (albeit ludicrous) twist on the killer-asteroid premise that once fueled two dumb disaster movies in the same year.


Screen Rant by Molly Freeman

Love and Monsters may not be a wholly fresh concept, but a clever script and Dylan O'Brien's charm make for a super fun adventure comedy.


Los Angeles Times by Noel Murray

While it’s well-acted and slickly made, the movie’s derivative qualities — coupled with its inadvertent reminders of how crummy everything is outside our doors right now — make it less fun than intended. The light-hearted tone is often grating, working against the inherent drama of a world dominated by giant critters.

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