Metacritic Movie Ratings
Cloverfield Reviews

4.0

64

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyLisa Schwarzbaum

    Cloverfield, a surreptitiously subversive, stylistically clever little gem of an entertainment disguised, under its deadpan-neutral title, as a dumb Gen-YouTube monster movie, makes the convincingly chilling argument that the world will end -- or, at least, Manhattan will crumble -- with a bang and a whimper.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    The genre may be old news, but the skillfully made Cloverfield offers a heart-racing experience with plenty of chills, thrills and exhilaration.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

    Mercifully, at 84 minutes the movie is even shorter than its originally alleged 90-minute running time; how much visual shakiness can we take? And yet, all in all, it is an effective film, deploying its special effects well and never breaking the illusion that it is all happening as we see it.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

    It’s dumb but quick and dirty and effectively brusque, dispensing with niceties such as character.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterMichael Rechtshaffen

    Think "Godzilla Unplugged" -- with chillingly effective results.

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