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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Critic Score: 79% 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

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

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Marija Djurovic

It's a small movie with a big message and even if the big bad itself is not scary, it's the unseen creature that is eating away the love between a mother and a daughter that offers the strongest frights.

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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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Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

The Monster lacks bite in the actual horror department, but like many other good horror films before it (Rosemary's Baby, The Shining), it plays with the anxiety of this very primal fear-the betrayal of the mother.

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Brian Tallerico

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

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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Beth Accomando

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Brendan Nicholls
This was a very well made indie horror film. I enjoyed the emotional storyline between a mom and daughter on the fringes. The atmosphere is brilliant and you… More
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.