Monster House
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A suburban home has become physically animated by a vengeful human soul looking to stir up trouble from beyond the grave, and it's up to three adventurous kids from the neighborhood to do battle with the structural golem in this comically frightful tale, directed by Gil Kenan and featuring the voices of Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Kevin James. DJ Harvard (voice of Mitchel Musso) lives directly across the street from a most unusual house. A malevolent entity that longs to feed on the energy of the living, the once peaceful house that looms ominously outside of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"n the pantheon of CGI films, it's one of the most adult-orientated animations yet. I don't need to tell you that the kids in the screening were enamoured from start to finish."
‑ , Time Out
"The storytelling skill in Monster House isn't always up to its visuals. But as a roller-coaster summer entertainment, it's a heck of a lot more fun than Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, not to mention a full hour shorter."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Frightful fun for tweens and up."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"A good laugh and technologically fascinating."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"The most troubling element of the film is its conclusion ... which comes to rather alarming conclusions about how to deal with a resentful social outcast."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Christianity Today
"Monster House benefits from strong graphic design and lovely lighting, but the script is nothing to write home about."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The difference between Monster House and most other animated movies is a little thing called story. It actually has one, and doesn't just trot out cheeky characters spewing gratuitous pop-culture references."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"I suspect, and hope that "Monster House" will become a Halloween classic, because it's too fun to be forgotten."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"[Has] its moments of both scares and laughs."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Delivers the freaky/funny goods for audiences of all ages."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Until this animated horrorfest turns shrill, debuting director Gil Kenan delivers enough visual goods to justify the faith of producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's part story and part spectacle, with the two halves being nicely balanced to offer something for just about everyone."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
""Monster House" may well be the first mainstream animated exploitation movie."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's too dark for the kiddies, while not having enough of an adult flavor to reach an older audience."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A plodding and unimaginative screenplay."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
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