The Monster
The Monster (2016)

Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) directs this suspenseful and scary new film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late night road trip to see the girl's… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: November 11, 2016
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2017
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
78%
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User Score
39%



Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Monster uses its effectively simple setup and a powerful lead performance from Zoe Kazan to deliver a traditional yet subtly subversive -- and thoroughly entertaining -- horror story.

April Wolfe
L.A. Weekly

The faint mist, the eerie silence, the saturated blacks - so much of this film is reminiscent of the classic monster movies of the '30s and '40s.

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

An admirably lean-and-mean execution of an elemental horror story.

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Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

A creature feature is only as good as its monster and Bertino's film delivers on that.

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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter

A fully realized depiction of elemental fear and desperation, The Monster's modest scale should attract discerning genre fans while establishing a firm basis for potential cult status.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Mr. Bertino, who also wrote the undercooked script, sets the scene effectively, using his leads to give the story a sense of normalcy that he dismantles trick by genre trick.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

An exceptional lead performance from Zoe Kazan makes the film stand out from the crowd.

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Brian Tallerico
RogerEbert.com

A film like Bryan Bertino's The Monster, featuring a fantastic and fearless performance from Zoe Kazan, feels oddly timely.

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Mark Jenkins
NPR

The Monster offers solid performances and a real-world subtext. But those virtues aren't enough to keep the movie from getting stalled in some big bad woods, miles short of profundity.

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Christian Toto
HollywoodInToto.com

Strong acting, ambitious themes and a limp final act make for one frustrating horror film experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Jesse Ortega
Monster movies are like zombie movies, which I talked about the other day in my review of The Rezort, there's either a movie that finds a new and clever… More
Stephen Skudlarek
Excellent horror film. I love the level of suspense that this film creates, and the cinematography is awesome.