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Producer J.J. Abrams teams with writer Drew Goddard and director Matt Reeves for this frenetic tale of a powerful destructive force that descends upon New York City, and the four desperate people who put their lives on the line to embark on a perilous rescue mission. Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) is a young American professional who has recently been offered a coveted new job in Japan. Eager to send his older sibling off in style, Rob's younger brother, Jason (Mike Vogel), and his girlfriend, Lily (Jessica Lucas), organize a surprise going-away party to take place the night before Rob… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The mechanism is the message in Cloverfield, a movie so aluminum-sleek, ultra-portable, and itsy-bitsy sexy, it's amazing Steve Jobs didn't pull it out of an envelope at Macworld."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Cloverfield should be best appreciated for throwing down the gauntlet for a new cinematic representation of mass destruction and, thus, the way we see ourselves seeing our worst fears."
‑ Michael Joshua Rowin, Stop Smiling
"So what is Cloverfield? The best Godzilla film never made? A re-invention of the monster movie genre? You could certainly argue both points: it feels like every creature feature you ever saw, but seen from a totally fresh point of view."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Cloverfield is a very good giant monster film, as good as we've had in America in quite a while and if a lot of its enjoyment rests on a gimmick, it's still a very good gimmick and the filmmakers make the most of it."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"I had a lot of fun with this inside-out take on the monster movie."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Maybe we now live in a world where we record the moment first and feel it later. If that's the case, Cloverfield leaves us waiting to feel."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Smart, scary and features a creative twist on the genre thanks to its unique found-film perspective."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Thanks primarily to its inventive shooting style, Cloverfield is a terrifically frightening film."
‑ Nick Levine, Digital Spy
"Memorable neither for its special effects nor the gimmickry of the hand-held camera."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"Under the modern flummery, behind the faux amateurism and the handheld shudder, Cloverfield is a vastly old-fashioned piece of work, creaking with hilarious contrivance."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Smartly reconjures the 1950s monster movie for the digital age."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Imagine if somebody came up to you, grabbed your head, and jiggled it around for 80 minutes. Now imagine they did that while you were trying to watch a movie about a monster attacking New York City."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Mind-blowingly great."
‑ Dave White,
"A stylish and satisfyingly intense update of one of Hollywood's most well-trodden film concepts: the attack of the 150-foot (give or take) monster."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
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