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80
Village Voice
The grandeur of the effects--the honest-to-God spectacle of the thing--elevates Monsters vs. Aliens to something approaching art. It's not a masterpiece, but it's most certainly a milestone.
80
The richly multilayered picture tends to have a gently immersive effect, akin to a stroll through the world's most expensive diorama.
75
Charlotte Observer
The movie may best be appreciated by people who know the references. All five monsters come from low-budget science fiction films of the 1950s.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
There is a nice mix of action with tender moments -- especially among the misfit monsters
70
Variety
A film of chuckles, smiles and light amusement rather than big laughs, galvanizing excitement and original invention.
63
Monsters vs. Aliens suffers from the common 3D problems: dim lighting, poor focus in fast-paced action sequences, and too many distractions for the movie to grab the viewer.
63
3-D is a distraction and an annoyance.
58
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.
40
The misfits, as ever, must take a back seat to the morality, and the result – while in no way migraine-inducing – traffics in rote truisms.
38
Chicago Tribune
It's tough to get on board with these monsters. They don't get the banter they--or we--deserve, and the screenwriters lean on wearying stereotypes.

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