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Monster Zone

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Some scares, bullying in animated comedy-adventure.

Movie PG 2020 80 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Kids find Monsters through a portal and use teamwork to save the day.

Was kind of funny, good not too scary monster movie. My son got a little scared at the end when he thought they may get stuck in the monster dimension which is why I rated it 8+. There was some mild bullying but we have already talked a lot about that and most kids movies have much worse examples of bullying. There was an overall good message of teamwork. Moth man helps them succeed and they work together even though…he’s mothman. The very smart boy is too smart for his regular school, but then struggles when he is the least smart kid at his new school. This gave good perspective as well.
age 13+

Lot of perverted wording

There are a ton of perverted wordings and pronunciations in this movie. Would not recommend.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This animated movie manages to be just OK. It's a 3D-animated feature centered on Danny, a young science prodigy given the chance to attend a prestigious science academy in England, and the monsters he unleashes with the help of his roommate Liz after they fix an atomic particle reactor and open up a portal through which the monsters can enter our world and wreak havoc. There's a reliance on gross-out humor involving bodily fluids, and in the cruelty of bullies, either as kids or as authority figures. The humor throughout isn't memorable, but it's mildly amusing at times.

The animation and voice-overs are also fine, if not special. There's a positive message involving teamwork that's likely to get lost in the images of tentacled monsters throwing characters around, or slimy monsters drooling from their razor-sharp fangs, or humans captured by plants until their eyes attain a tell-tale zombie glow. The story does remain consistent, though -- unlike in the countless Pixar rip-offs released worldwide in the CGI universe -- and it's easy enough to follow. But there's nothing particularly remarkable about Monster Zone. It's neither good nor bad, and most likely to inspire little more than a shrug.

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