10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane


10 Cloverfield Lane.  Rating:  4 (out of 5).  A woman finds herself in a basement of a man’s house after a car accident, and is told he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. Catch “10 Cloverfield Lane” on VOD starting Tuesday, June 14.  The Philadelphia Inquirer calls it “Wickedly clever nightmare entertainment.”

Starring: John Gallagher Jr., John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Horror



New York Daily News writes, “Tractenberg, evidently a fan of lingering close-ups, lets the audience marinate in a claustrophobic vibe.”

USA Today finds, “A well-crafted affair by debuting director Dan Trachtenberg that mixes elements of an intimate stage play with the white-knuckled tension of a cracking good Twilight Zone episode.”

Philadelphia Inquirer calls it “Wickedly clever nightmare entertainment.”

San Francisco Chronicle thinks, “At one point, this movie had me so on edge that I had a fleeting impulse to run out of the theater. It might be weird to say that and mean it as a compliment, but good thrillers work that way sometimes.”

Variety says, “The tension is rooted in psychology rather than gimmickry, and evinces a command of craft that feels old-fashioned in the most refreshing possible sense.”

Chicago Sun-Times gives the movie 4 stars, and further notes, “The horror we find here is intimate, in-your-face and frankly quite claustrophobic, driven by John Goodman in one of his scariest performances to date — and that is intended to be the highest of compliments.”

Miami Herald writes, “Dark, nasty fun that gets better when you play it over in your head. But the plot holes seem even larger in hindsight, too. Just tamp down those expectations, then tamp them down some more.”

New York Magazine (Vulture) finds, “10 Cloverfield Lane does what it needs to do: make you sit and squirm and want very badly to know. It has the appeal of suspense radio plays from the ’30s and ’40s and even a touch of Orson Welles’s most infamous Mercury Theater broadcast.”

The Hollywood Reporter observes, “The final third shifts into high-adrenaline action mode with some thrilling set pieces as Michelle faces unexpected new threats, making the paradoxical conclusion satisfying on multiple levels as it delivers on the thriller setup while introducing surprising new developments.”

Village Voice says, “As a gamelike, simulationist PG-13 horror chamber piece, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a success: well shot and -staged, arrestingly acted, edited with a crisp unpredictability. It’s less compelling in terms of character and meaning.”

The New York Times finds, “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.”

Entertainment Weekly gives the movie a B rating, and further notes, “The movie doesn’t have anything deeper on its mind than shouting “Boo!” But sometimes a well-timed “Boo!” can be enough. After all, it’s why they still make jack in the boxes. “

Los Angeles Times thinks, “It is designed to be fun, efficient and accessible and delivers precisely and exactly on that and nothing more.”

Washington Post observes, “The filmmaking, by first-time feature director Dan Trachtenberg, is suitably claustrophobic and suspenseful, working up to a level of stress that may be unhealthy for anyone with a weak heart.”

Chicago Tribune notes, “It’s best to approach this crafty, intriguing offshoot as its own thing. And this time you actually notice the people.”

New York Post calls it “A real nail-biter of a monster movie. The question is: Who’s the monster?”

Time finds, “10 Cloverfield Lane…is not an outright Cloverfield sequel but rather, as Abrams has put it, a “spiritual successor.” It’s also a better movie, one with a sense of humor about itself and its genre.”

Arizona Republic thinks, “Trachtenberg is patient building this world, and the actors do a good job inhabiting it. Winstead is a terrific actress, and she makes Michelle’s desperation and inventiveness believable. Goodman is never better than when playing a nut, and while we aren’t sure if that’s what he’s doing here, the possibility makes for an intriguing portrayal.”

Tampa Bay Times says, “The standard was set so low, and the results are thrilling enough that 10 Cloverfield Lane must be considered one of the greatest sequels of all time.”

According to Austin Chronicle, “10 Cloverfield Lane is a cinematic puzzle box that rewards your patience with three standout performances; a memorable, nerve-jangling score by composer Bear McCreary; and an escalating sense of disorienting confusion.”

Charlotte Observer writes, “It’s like an amusement park ride that drags inexplicably for the last hundred feet – but until then, it’s a joltingly fine journey.”

The Globe and Mail gives the movie 3.5 out of 4 stars, and further notes, “This is a near-masterpiece, an intimate and nerve-wracking shocker that deserves as big an audience as the mystery box can conjure.”

The Telegraph finds, “Most of the film takes place in this vacuum-packed, Sartrean hell of other people, which Trachtenberg, his cast, writers and crew evoke with chest-tightening efficiency. Every sound and line rings with a tight, tinny echo; every room is felt out to its corners; every knick-knack drily noted.”

The Guardian gives the film 4 out of 5 stars, and further writes, “What matters here is that this movie, whatever you want to call it, is really good.”

Consequence of Sound thinks, “Forget any relationship to Cloverfield. 10 Cloverfield Lane is its own movie, and any connection to that other, more ostentatious Bad Robot joint is best seen as one more fun piece inside the mystery box, if not a red herring. It’s also a much better movie (and its predecessor ain’t half bad).”

Empire Online gives the movie 4 out of 5 stars, and further writes, “Abrams’ you-didn’t-see-this-coming announcement was an effective piece of theatre, which the film itself ably lives up to. A thriller that winds you tighter and tighter before its secrets come tumbling out in a cathartic finale.”

Screen International thinks, “Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman make for fine sparring partners and the film has enough low-key, slow-burn suspense to keep the simplicity of the premise humming along.”

IndieWire gives the movie an A- rating, and further notes, “Filled with considerable dread and mystery, 10 Cloverfield Lane functions just fine as a standalone genre title. But as a spiritual sequel to the original, it builds out the so-called “Cloververse” far better than could be expected from even the most straightforward of tales.”

According to Movie Nation, “10 Cloverfield Lane is built on the fear of an unknown that we know. Turns out, all that secrecy and hype and branding the “Cloverfield” name were not just this product’s marketing strategy. That’s all they had. Period…So, “Room” is still in theaters. It’s more harrowing, more terrifying, more thrilling and moving than Cloverfield Lane could ever hope to be. Go see that instead.”

The Verge says, “10 Cloverfield Lane was given the chance to succeed because it was afforded the opportunity to surprise. That’s not a mystery box gimmick. That’s just good storytelling.”

RogerEbert.com rates the movie 3 stars, and further writes, ““10 Cloverfield Lane” is a tight, tense thriller carried by excellent performances from John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. It has echoes of Alfred Hitchcock and H.G. Wells embedded in a cat-and-mouse game after the end of the world.”

Time Out New York thinks, “Basically, it’s an electrifying three-person play, as the determined Winstead, the complexly furious Goodman and Tony-winner John Gallagher Jr. (playing a lucky neighbor who made his way down) have it out in scenes that impart the nauseating futility of George Romero’s mall-ensconced “Dawn of the Dead.”“

ScreenCrush finds, “Its sheer over-the-top excess and lack of taking itself too seriously allow it to become a delightful, exhilarating concoction of its many pieces, and much more accessible and entertaining than the dizzying cinéma vérité of its parent movie.”

ReelViews rates the movie 3 out of 4 stars, and further notes, “10 Cloverfield Lane is packed with suspense and tension and offers some of the best bait-and-switch work of any recent psychological thriller. It’s easy to forgive any missteps toward the end when considering the entire package.”

Slant Magazine observes, “The legacy of Syd Fields’s screenwriting manual hangs over 10 Cloverfield Lane, as it does all of Abrams’s productions, which never even accidentally casts a whiff of subtext or authorial personality.”

Total Film gives the film 4 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “Cloverfield was all about making viewers gasp and pant; 10 Cloverfield Lane demands you hold your breath. As unnerving as it is surprising.”

Rolling Stone finds, “10 Cloverfield Lane comes loaded with everything a psychological thriller needs to shatter your nerves — and then kicks it up a notch.”

According to The Film Stage, “10 Cloverfield Lane is a fun one-location, three-person play, and each new twist it takes only makes it more exciting.”

Hitfix gives the film an A rating, and further notes, “Economically told from the start, the film moves beautifully.”

IndieWire (The Playlist) says, “It’s [Trachtenberg’s] measured hand with tone that’s really noteworthy, never over-reaching with each twist of the plot, keeping the tension on a simmer, and even when things boil over, “10 Cloverfield Lane” gets feverishly exciting but not hysterical.”

TheWrap thinks, “Even if this material might have been better served as a 40-minute short than as a full-length movie, first-time feature director Dan Trachtenberg has cast a trio of actors at the top of their game, and they elevate the material.”

A.V. Club gives the movie a B rating, and further writes, “There’s a fine, nerve-jangling little psychological thriller here. Pity it couldn’t have been allowed to just be that.”


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