Last weekend, dosage the surprise sequel to Cloverfield opened in theaters nationwide. After a few months of secrecy, 10 Cloverfield Lane opened with strong reviews and more than 24 million dollars at the box office.
Although the movie has received a 90% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and dozens of positive reviews, there are several critics who saw some major flaws in it.
With that in mind, here are a few must-read 10 Cloverfield Lane reviews (and make sure you check out our own review here).
Owen Gleiberman, BBC.com: “Scene for scene, it’s well acted and not badly done, but you’re always aware that you’re watching a concoction.” Check out the full review here.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: “Carried along by the beats of Bear McCreary’s pulsating score, 10 Cloverfield Lane seems eager to play itself like a B-movie throwaway. It’s anything but.” Check out the full review here.
Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com: “That sense of unease is certainly there in the script and Trachtenberg deserves credit as well, but it’s John Goodman’s performance that makes your skin crawl.” Check out the full review here.
Chris Orr, TheAtlantic.com: “I will merely recommend 10 Cloverfield Lane as a clever, canny thriller, and endorse an insight that Howard offers in a moment of uncharacteristic self-knowledge: ‘People are strange creatures.'” Check out the full review here.
Jeanette Catsoulis, NewYorkTimes.com: “Sneakily tweaking our fears of terrorism, 10 Cloverfield Lane, though no more than a kissing cousin to its namesake, is smartly chilling and finally spectacular.” Check out the full review here.
Lucy O’Brien, IGN.com: “While its story is smaller than the one told in the original Cloverfield, it is no less effective in its ability to unnerve and excite, and ultimately reminds us that humans can be much more frightening than sharp teeth and tentacles.” Check out the full review here.
Scott Tobias, NPR: “For the longest time, it appears that the Cloverfield franchise is united mainly by the aesthetic principle of offscreen space — not the catchiest hook, but an enormously effective one.” Check out the full review here.
Brian Truitt, USAToday.com: “Just like other Abrams films, where the central secrecy tends to overpower everything else in an audience’s eyes, 10 Cloverfield Lane never tells the whole story and instead lets the viewer fill in their own blanks.” Check out the full review here.
Leonard Maltin, IndieWire.com: “In his debut feature, director Dan Trachtenberg plays all his cards right, building tension through a series of thriller tropes, some of them bordering on cliché but still pretty effective.” Check out the full review here.
David Blaustein, ABCNews.com: “This story is tightly wound, full of tension with a tour-de-force performance from Goodman, one so good I’m willing to say it’s the best of his career.” Check out the full review here.
If you want to read our perspective on the film, click here for our review.