Parents' Guide to

Monsters vs. Aliens

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Lightweight movie spin-off with comic violence.

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age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Are you kidding me?

This is total crap. I was really looking foward to watching it. It was just a big fat letdown on all levels. The acting is so crappy it's comical. Yeah, and I thought Robot & Monster was the worst show on Nick. Now it's in the 2nd place. Do you know who took the #1 spot? Yeah, that's right! This crapfest of a show. If someone asked me if I prefer the film or the show, i'd say the movie in a heartbeat.
age 6+

Common Sense, I'm totally with you on this one.

Nick and DreamWorks should get a "divorce" cause what started out as a good "marriage" (The Penguins of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) turned out they needed "counseling". I don't know who in the right mind thought that this show would be a good idea. What's next, a show of Donkey from Shrek?! Here's a tip for you, DreamWorks: FOCUS ON MAKING MOVIES!!!

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (5):

DreamWorks and Nickelodeon team up on this spinoff of the 2009 movie that revives its core cast of popular characters (though all with different voice actors) and introduces some newbies who shake up the status quo. The interplay between Coverton and the well-meaning monsters takes a leading role in the stories' plot, which leads to a lot of bickering and some questionable examples of resolving conflict. Despite his habitually ill-meaning behavior that often places his monster counterparts in harm's way, all is forgiven by story's end, and any repercussions are lost to the show's humor.

Ultimately Monsters vs. Aliens suffers most at the hands of a cartoon series' timeframe, which allows a minimal window for developing plots worthy of these comical characters. It's entertaining, to be sure, and the animation lives up to the furthering standards of DreamWorks productions, but it falls a little short of what viewers might expect from the sequel to a popular movie.

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