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Cloverfield

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Matt Reeves

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About the Movie

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

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77%
  • Reviews Counted: 200
  • Fresh: 154
  • Rotten: 46
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Maybe we now live in a world where we record the moment first and feel it later. If that's the case, Cloverfield leaves us waiting to feel. – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, 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

Great...simply great.

Great...simply great. Hands down, thundrous aplause, millions of accalades. You know, the works.

Best movie of 2008 so far

A lot of people either love this movie, or completely hate it, but I loved it! Thank you so much for adding it to buy! Finally a smart decision on iTunes part. Definitely worth the 15 bucks!

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this movie was freaking amazing. you either love it or completely hate it but i dont understand whats to hate? the camera work was wicked cool and i felt like i was there in new york with all of them. i Matt Reeves does a sequel from another persons point of view, i think that would be awesome!!!

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

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