Critics Review


An enjoyable comedy that gets its priorities right

Monster can easily fit into the category of films for kids and this is such a rarity in Tamil cinema where they try to add ingredients for adults even in a film targeted at the kids. But Nelson seems to be in no such confusion as he delivers a neat comedy that should be lapped up by the kids and quite an enjoyable outing for the adults as well.(more)

Source: Bharath Vijayakumar, MovieCrow


Monster's simple concept is elevated by inventive storytelling, credible performances and proficient technical work.

The chief weak link here is the antagonist's character, played by Anil Kumar, which is somewhat bland and passive. We wish it had been quirkier. We also miss the brisk storytelling of the initial portions, particularly in the second half, and at times, the events start to feel repetitive. Thankfully, Nelson infuses his tale with equal doses of humour and warmth and turns the film into an endearing one.(more)

Source: Suganth, Times Of India


'Monster' is a monstrous novel attempt that entertains well.

Monster is a good attempt in novel storytelling that has strong performances and technical standards that make the film stand out from the usual ones. The performances, the music, the camera and the RAT become a treat to watch in this 'bit-lengthy' drama. Kids will have a nice time in theatres enjoying the ongoing drama.(more)

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SJ Suryah saves Nelson Venkatesan's film

Nelson Venkatesan's Monster has a wacky premise but the execution lacks the edge but it does have SJ Suryah to save the day. Monster is bearable. (more)

Source: Kirubhakar Purushothaman, India Today


A harmless comedy entertainer

Now, this is a comedy entertainer. The writing is innovative and sensible. Nelson Venkatesan and Shankar Doss has not relied on crass comedy one-liners, body shaming, Thala-Thalapathy references, and more such stereotypes. The dialogues are very much within the boundary of the storyline and characterizations, which offers a refreshing movie watching experience. (more)

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SJ Suryah shines in a middling comedy

One of the biggest selling points of Monster was the fact that the crew had shot a live rat. There are several close-up shots of the rat in action, making me wonder how they managed to pull it off. The film cleverly juggles between a first-person view and a third-person view to capture the rat, but the apparent differences in the visual tone stick out like a sour thumb. (more)

Source: Ashamera Ayyappan,


A delightful and neatly-written film

The hero of the film could be SJ Suryah, but the little 'Monster' grabs all your attention. I heard the rodent we see onscreen is a real one, and I am surprised how the makers pulled it off without VFX work. Gokul Benoy's cinematography deserves a mention and credit equally goes to Justin Prabhakaran's background score, besides Sabu Joseph's editing that helps us move with the pace.(more)

Source: subhakeerthana, Indian Express


A juvenile plot which is partly funny

The bits involving the rodent are genuinely funny (for instance, it devours rusk biscuits) and makes you wonder as to how good Monster could have been. But the film is uneven for the most part, making it an average watch.(more)

Source: Srivatsan , The Hindu


SJ Suryah's goofy encounters with a rat make this melodramatic film work

The film works largely on SJ Suryah's performance and his goofy encounters with the rat. Priya Bhavani Shankar as the heroine has lesser screen time than the rat, while Karunakaran's one-liners as the hero's friend are enjoyable. The VFX team has done a decent job, though in some scenes the director has used a real rat. The screenplay could have been tighter with less melodrama as the film drags in the second half. On the whole, Monster offers something new and a fairly engaging film, but could have been more fast-paced with better writing and believable twists. As the old saying goes: don't burn your house to smoke out a rat.(more)

Source: Sreedhar Pillai,


A feel-good film that'll leave a smile on your face

Since the film is devoid of computer graphics even in one shot, making a rat act would have become the biggest challenge for him. However, the proceedings with the rat get repetitive after a point. Wish Nelson could have opted for a tauter presentation as well.(more)

Source: Anupama Subramanian , Deccan Chronicle


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