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Matt Reeves

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Plot Summary

Producer J.J. Abrams teams with writer Drew Goddard and director Matt Reeves for this frenetic tale of a powerful destructive force that descends upon New York City, and the four desperate people who put their lives on the line to embark on a perilous rescue mission. Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) is a young American professional who has recently been offered a coveted new job in Japan. Eager to send his older sibling off in style, Rob's younger brother, Jason (Mike Vogel), and his girlfriend, Lily (Jessica Lucas), organize a surprise going-away party to take place the night before Rob boards his Eastern-bound flight. As the party gets underway, Rob's longtime friend and current love interest, Beth (Odette Yustman), shows up with another man as the dejected guest of honor's best-pal Hud (T.J. Miller) encourages partygoer Marlena (Lizzy Caplan) to wish him an on-camera farewell despite the fact that they barely know one another. Moments after Beth storms out following a bitter skirmish with Rob, the entire New York City skyline goes dark. Power is quickly restored, prompting partygoers to turn their attention toward the news, where they learn that a freight tanker has been overturned in New York Harbor. Racing to the rooftop in hopes of getting a better look at the situation, the group is terrified to witness a massive explosion that rains debris across midtown Manhattan, causing mass chaos and unparalleled destruction. But the worst is yet to come, because it soon becomes apparent that this is not the work of a terrorist or an act of war, but a massive creature beyond human comprehension. Now, as the military moves in and the streets of New York City become a virtual war zone, Rob, Lily, Marlena, and Hud race to rescue Beth and get out of the city before the powers that be unleash the ultimate weapon of mass destruction on one of the most populated cities on the planet.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 198
  • Fresh: 152
  • Rotten: 46
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Now that the fanboy hype has cleared, we can see Cloverfield for what it is: borrowed inspiration, trite screenwriting and amateurish acting all in the service of a ballsy idea. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The mechanism is the message in Cloverfield, a movie so aluminum-sleek, ultra-portable, and itsy-bitsy sexy, it's amazing Steve Jobs didn't pull it out of an envelope at Macworld. – Nathan Lee, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Cloverfield captures the chronic self-absorption of the Facebook generation with breathless, cleverly recycled media savvy, and then it stomps that self-absorption to death. These days, that's entertainment. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Fresh: The fleeting, incomplete glimpses of the monster early on prove the old dictum of B-movie auteur Val Lewton that a momentary image can have greater impact than a prolonged one. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

One Of The Greatest Movies Ever!

Cloverfield is amazing. The special effects, the real-life experience, the godzilla factor, Cloverfield has it all. If you like action, sci-fi, monster movies, you'll love this. Although it is a bit of a godzilla-type movie, it is totally different to anything else! Everything about this movie is outstanding. Many people have spoke about the ending and that 'it ruined the film' or 'didn't end at the right time'. In my opinion, i feel it was an excellent ending to an excellent film. It makes you think and leaves you hanging on the edge of you seat. Simply class - definitely recommended.

Best Monster-Thriller Since Godzilla

After all the hype and all the waiting, the movie Cloverfield has finally been put on iTunes. Cloverfield is the best monster thriller since Godzilla. There is alot more to this movie than what the trailer had in it. It's unlike any other monster movie I've ever seen before! A very cool movie with sound design that will amaze you. It's scary, exciting, and does a great job in drawing you in closer to see what happens next. Cloverfield is a must see movie that will blow your mind. You wont be dissappointed.

Worst Movie Ever!!!!!!

Don't believe the hype! A truly disappointing experience. I want my $15.00 back, plus the hour and a half of my life I wasted watching it.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2008

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