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  • Summary: Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    100
    A dazzling experiment that paid off immensely, this is cinematic pleasure at its purest. One caveat: If they ever make a sequel, we’re taking two stars back.
  2. 89
    Cloverfield is the most intense and original creature feature I've seen in my adult moviegoing life, and that's coming from a guy who knows his Gojira from his Gamera and his Harryhausen from his Honda. Cloverfield isn't a horror film – it's a pure-blood, grade A, exultantly exhilarating monster movie.
  3. It's been a while since we've had a good monster movie, and while Cloverfield probably won't give you sleepless nights, it will certainly keep you awake in the theater.
  4. It’s dumb but quick and dirty and effectively brusque, dispensing with niceties such as character.
  5. 70
    The narrative conceit requires a fair amount of indulgence as the story progresses, but the fleeting, incomplete glimpses of the monster early on prove the old dictum of B movie auteur Val Lewton that a momentary image can have greater impact than a prolonged one.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    60
    Despite a first reel entirely devoted to establishing characters, Cloverfield is basically a line-'em-up, pick-'em-off horror movie that's effective without being either viscerally frightening or emotionally moving. Watching it is like going through a car wash: You come out of it thoroughly Cloverfield-ized, but essentially unchanged.
  7. 30
    It pretends to examine how self-absorbed we are as a culture, only to be consumed by its own self-absorption. It's also badly constructed, humorless and emotionally sadistic .

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  1. Dec 1, 2010
    10
    This is one roller coaster ride. Although this does require a suspension of disbelief because this was on-camera monster attack on NYC, ItThis is one roller coaster ride. Although this does require a suspension of disbelief because this was on-camera monster attack on NYC, It made me believe it actually happened. This movie was scary, thrilling, emotional, and just plain freakin awesome! I didnt mind the ending whatsoever. Awesome movie. Expand
  2. FrankFrank
    Jan 29, 2008
    10
    Brilliant movie. It absolutely felt like I was there, and despite being a monster movie, seemed completely plausible. Will see at least 2 more times.
  3. AlexO
    Jun 23, 2009
    9
    Thrilling and intense. I suspect that many of the low user scores come from persons who watched the movie as a rental, rather than the big Thrilling and intense. I suspect that many of the low user scores come from persons who watched the movie as a rental, rather than the big screen. The movie probably loses much of its impact when viewed on a small set (42" inches or less). Expand
  4. TimH
    Jun 30, 2009
    7
    I understand that this movie isn't for everyone. Taking that into consideration, the grading criteria is as follows: If: you are looking I understand that this movie isn't for everyone. Taking that into consideration, the grading criteria is as follows: If: you are looking for an artsy think flick where you come away knowing more about the human condition, then avoid this. If, however: you are looking for a terrifying POV horror film ripoff where half a dozen trust fund kiddies die before your eyes, check this on your Netflix list. Expand
  5. JC
    Jan 21, 2008
    5
    Plot was horrible. Who would go back into a city with an undefeatable monster to save someone. Action was pretty good, but the camera sucked. Plot was horrible. Who would go back into a city with an undefeatable monster to save someone. Action was pretty good, but the camera sucked. This movie had way too much hype. The first 30 min at the party were absolutely terrible. I don't recommend seeing this movie Expand
  6. MaximumR.
    Feb 9, 2008
    2
    At the movie theaters, I paid 8 dollars to see the movie. I had a bucket of popcorn, candy, and a smoothie. But even with all of that, the At the movie theaters, I paid 8 dollars to see the movie. I had a bucket of popcorn, candy, and a smoothie. But even with all of that, the movie was horrible and i left halfway through the movie. Expand
  7. Jenneyl
    Jan 19, 2008
    0
    If you have ever had a problem with motion sickness, stay away from this movie. I just saw it and forget going out drinking. I got nauseated If you have ever had a problem with motion sickness, stay away from this movie. I just saw it and forget going out drinking. I got nauseated halfway through it. I didnt realize what it was and I told my boyfriend I might be pregnant. Then I thought about it and knew it was the movie. After that, I had to look away from the screen during the rest of the movie. Why a big budget movie would do this, I dont know. I felt like the only thing else to do was get up and ask for my money back. It ruined what was good of the movie... Made you feel the monster was stupid and the ending wasn't good enough for the whole ordeal the characters and I had to go through. After all this, you realize the only thing different about this movie was the use of one camara camcorder, which is not a very good thing. You are so absorbed with just trying to see what is going on that you don't realize until the ending that there was no substance or explanation of anything. Just random footage from the experience of a few people. I guess that's not what the director was going after... In summary, it was just a long ride at Universal Studios. Expand

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