Monsters Looks Great, Lacks Oomph

Dreamworks' 3-D stunner stuck with one-dimensional storyline
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2009 8:21 AM CDT

(Newser) Monsters Vs. Aliens looks amazing on screen, but grownups may find the thin jokes and the storyline of Dreamworks' animated spoof of '50s flicks a little grating, say critics.

  • James Rocchi, Redbox: The movie "has amazing 3D, solid gags, wacky concepts and great animation; I just wish that at some point along the way someone had been as passionate about the story as they were about the spectacle."

  •  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: It doesn't measure up to Wall-E, but it's still an "animated funhouse that delivers on its title and ups its scary-comic impact if you see it in 3-D."
  • Todd McCarthy, Variety: "The dust-up involving one-of-a-kind mutants and space invaders boasts sufficent jokes and eye-popping action," but "that extra inspiration needed to knock it out of the park is noticably missing."