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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
"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
"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,
"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
"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
"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,
"Grabby 9/11 imagery, facile jolts, and smeared textures"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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