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United Kingdom · 2010
Rated R · 1h 34m
Director Gareth Edwards
Starring Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Mario Zuniga Benavides, Annalee Jefferies
Genre Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller

A probe was launched to collect samples of alien life in our solar system but crashed upon re-entry over North America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear, and half of Mexico was quarantined as an infected zone. Now, two strangers must travel together through a land overrun by alien beings.

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Village Voice by

Director Gareth Edwards, a CGI artist by trade, has created a dystopian landscape that's so naturalistic, it's uncanny.


NPR by Bob Mondello

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. Too bad his screenwriting software didn't have an equivalently impressive plot-twisting algorithm to get him to the final fade.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Monsters works not because of its representation of alien creatures or its somewhat derivative back story but because of the atypical manner in which it approaches the character-based narrative.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

There's so much right with Gareth Edwards's low-budget alien invasion tale that you almost want to brush aside everything that's not up to snuff.


The Hollywood Reporter by Michael Rechtshaffen

Although the tentative performances of his two human leads proves less satisfying, and the story's not-so-underlying sociological context can be hard to miss -- it takes place along the U.S.-Mexico border -- the overall picture still impresses.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

Gareth Edwards' low-budget science-fiction film Monsters is both a testament to what the latest technologies allow filmmakers to do, and-on the downside-a testament to the enduring importance of a good script.


Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

An attempt to counter noisy, hyper effects-laden alien invasion flicks with something teasing, indie and good for you. Instead, it's like a pendulum swing too far in the other direction.

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