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  • Summary: Columbia Pictures and executive producers Robert Zemeckis and Steven Speilberg present Monster House, an exciting and hilarious thrill-ride tale about three kids who must do battle with a mysterious house that threatens anyone who crosses its path. (Columbia Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Kenan never loses sight of the wonderment that children (and adults) experience when the inanimate becomes animate. Anthropomorphism is basic to the art of animation. So is a good story, and Kenan has that, too.
  2. 90
    One of the best movies of the year, and a great accomplishment for Messrs. Harmon and Schrab. Maybe now we’ll get a feature length "Robot Bastard" movie.
  3. 80
    Has a return-to-innocence sweetness that recalls some of the work of another of its executive producers - Steven Spielberg. Kids may grow up too fast today to embrace the film's familiar message of the virtues of an unhurried adolescence, but it's nice to be reminded of the possibility.
  4. 75
    Director Gil Kenan has a feel for dizzying "camera" work, and the screenplay combines witty gags with a sweet, albeit familiar, suggestion that kids shouldn't be in any great hurry to be anything but kids.
  5. Monster House was designed as a family movie and a scary movie. It may scare children, but it won't terrify them. So it's no scarier than it should be.
  6. 63
    Surprisingly enough, puberty-stricken J.D. and Chowder actually sound like real teenagers, but the cartoony look will probably alienate real-life kids that age, and the man-eating house might be downright terrifying to younger kids.
  7. 30
    A grisly, often cynical piece of work whose joyless, aggressive spirit is made even less appealing by its soulless visual style.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 45
  2. Negative: 2 out of 45
  1. AllistairP
    Oct 24, 2006
    10
    The perfect animated film and my favorite film of 2006. So much fun and so many levels of artistic genius behind the great story and dialogue.
  2. RyanP.
    Jul 27, 2006
    9
    Extreamly well done, with a fun and exctiting story line. If you have a chance to see it in 3D as I did, do so. It's worth the extra Extreamly well done, with a fun and exctiting story line. If you have a chance to see it in 3D as I did, do so. It's worth the extra dollar for the glasses. Expand
  3. Mar 27, 2013
    9
    Chilling, creative, funny. I was in love with this movie the first time I saw it as a fifth-grader. The title may drive some viewers away, butChilling, creative, funny. I was in love with this movie the first time I saw it as a fifth-grader. The title may drive some viewers away, but they made it work-- pretty damn well! Expand
  4. Oct 18, 2011
    7
    The movie is an average animation with a tiny bit of fright for the children. It has a basic but good story to it, and has some funny moments,The movie is an average animation with a tiny bit of fright for the children. It has a basic but good story to it, and has some funny moments, along with some creepy ones. This is not a horror movie, it is a comedy animation, yet there are some scary scenes for the children. Not really scary, just a bit. It's a good movie, but it isn't anything better than an average animation. Great fun to watch however, as it is a good movie overall. Expand
  5. Apr 18, 2015
    7
    Emocionante e divertido, mas o protagonista devia explorar mais no ambiente do filme, e o filme deveria possuir mais algumas características,Emocionante e divertido, mas o protagonista devia explorar mais no ambiente do filme, e o filme deveria possuir mais algumas características, e excluir alguns detalhes e diálogos desnecessários, para remover características idiotas e focar mais no suspense, para dar enfase ao verdadeiro conteúdo do filme. Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2015
    6
    monster house is an ok movie. it's charters are ok the story is wired but ok. yeah everything about this movie is just ok. if you have youngmonster house is an ok movie. it's charters are ok the story is wired but ok. yeah everything about this movie is just ok. if you have young kids maybe do not let them see but if you kid wants to see this movie then just let them see it. Expand
  7. Patrick
    Aug 18, 2006
    3
    Yet another dull, samey CGI to add to the ever growing list. The script was terrible, and the characters were souless.

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