Box art for Cloverfield


action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Tense monster movie is loud, hectic -- and scary.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this monster movie from the creator of Lost rightly comes with a warning for viewers who are sensitive to unsteady camerawork -- the entire movie is filmed from a handheld perspective, and the images are frequently hectic and loud. Violence includes monster attacks, people running and screaming, people bitten by creatures in dark spaces, explosions, ruined buildings and landmarks, fire, bloody bodies, and military strikes. Some of the imagery initially recalls scenes from 9/11. An early scene shows a young woman in bed (presumably after sex), her naked back and side visible (nothing explicit). A party scene shows cleavage and drinking. Language includes repeated uses of "s--t" and some "damns" and "hells."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether the movie's images remind them of 9/11. Do you think that was intentional? How has that event -- so much of which was captured in the media and shown on television -- affected subsequent horror/action movies?
  • Why is New York such an attractive target city in these movies?
  • Does the handheld camerawork make the action scarier? Why or why not? What other movies/media have used this approach?
  • Is the movie accurate in its depiction of how public events are documented (immediately filmed, commented on, blogged about, etc.) in today's world?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: An efficiently gripping sci-fi/horror romp.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, January 18, 2008

Rotten: 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, Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fresh: A remarkably economical, street-level view of widespread panic caused by an abomination that gets, and ultimately needs, no explanation.

- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Friday, January 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A unique look at the monster movie genre. Many will not like the film approach but i enjoyed it.

- jmanard52, Friday, June 6, 2008

2 stars

Extremely annoying characters.. I couldnt sit through the whole movie at all. I just wanted the whole group to get eaten or just drop dead! X_X!

- Gx7, Sunday, September 19, 2010

5 stars

Ahhh, a marmite movie, you will either love it or hate it. I loved it, get over the fact its filmed on a cam, thats part of the story.

- stuartb1234, Thursday, August 12, 2010