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Dazzling colors, winning characters and energetic visual effects all work in concert, with the 3-D animation serving to intensify the experience.
Full disclosure: I saw Monsters vs. Aliens in 2-D. No dorky plastic glasses, no alien ooze flying at my head. More full disclosure: I liked it.
This is a lean 90 minutes, packed with laughs and age-appropriate thrills -- not to mention a solid lesson for girls about self-respect.
This is a pleasure to watch for everyone.
In fact "nice" is the adjective that seems to surface most in trying to pin down the film's most salient quality, which means that while the film is enjoyable enough, it is unlikely to become a classic for us, or a "Shrek" sort of franchise for DreamWorks.
The Hollywood Reporter
There is a nice mix of action with tender moments -- especially among the misfit monsters
"WALL-E" had more charm, more soul, more everything. But there's enough merry mischief here to satisfy, even if you're way past puberty.
The movie works hard -- desperately hard -- to be all things to all audience segments. And the visible effort erodes the sense of gaiety, of unfettered fun.
After a while, you can see the setups happening -- and once you do, the careening gets predictable. Which gets old, really fast.
The movie is reasonably entertaining, though it helps to be 6 years old.
This action-comedy will seem fresh only to 8-year-olds -- though it may give parents an excuse to introduce some of the '50s horror movies it parodies.
The biggest battle in Monsters vs. Aliens is banality vs. originality, and banality carries the day.

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