Cloverfield (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 16, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A sort of Blair Witch Project crossed with Godzilla, Cloverfield is economically paced, stylistically clever, and filled with scares.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

It's like Abrams and crew have looked into the void and thought: the only thing worse than Armageddon is if no one witnessing it is hot.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Daniel Kasman

What a frustrating mess of possibilities and failed opportunities "Cloverfield" is! It is a monster-attacks-city movie at heart, and an incompetent one at that, but, oh, what it could have been.

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Nathan Lee
Village Voice

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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David Keyes

The characters are fleshed out participants in the mayhem, not merely disposable vessels designed to stand in all the right places when buildings come crashing down.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I had a lot of fun with this inside-out take on the monster movie.

Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A unique look at the monster movie genre. Many will not like the film approach but i enjoyed it.
Eugene Bernabe
J.J. Abrams produces a graphic, in-depth look at terror in the streets of New York City. With a new style of direction as well as level of sci-fi thrills,… More
Eric S
I was a bit reluctant to see this one, but I have to say that the effect of seeing from the point of view of someone in a town being ravaged by something that… More
Mark Walker
Having recently watched (and thoroughly enjoyed) the latest of found footage film's in "Chronicle", I decided to look back at one of the… More
MisterYoda ?
four and a half stars...
Wildaly M
Loved it! Action-packed movie that has a good plot.