Critics Consensus

As visually splendid as it is thought-provoking, Monos takes an unsettling look at human nature whose grim insights leave a lingering impact.



Total Count: 94


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Verified Ratings: 27
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MONOS, Alejandro Landes' third feature, is a survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels -- bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom -- who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson). The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force know only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Order descends into chaos and within MONOS the strong begin to prey on the weak in this vivid, cautionary fever-dream.


Julianne Nicholson
as Doctora Sara Watson
Moises Arias
as Patagrande
Julian Giraldo
as Lobo - Wolf
Karen Quintero
as Leidi - Lady

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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (87) | Rotten (7)

  • [A] gorgeously shot, haunting look at human nature at its fraying edges.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • An experience at once jagged and lyrical, brutal and beautiful, angry and abstract, scattered and wholly singular.

    Sep 28, 2019 | Full Review…

    Jessica Kiang

    Top Critic
  • It's an intoxicating descent into anarchy that alarmingly suggests the bonds of civility are all too easy to shuck off.

    Sep 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Monos sinks you into its mud until the dirt stuffs your mouth. You won't be able to breathe - but you'll be thanking Landes for the cinematic suffocation all the same.

    Sep 26, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Violent, beautiful and powerfully watchable...

    Sep 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Call it a collective character study or a perpetual-war film - Monos takes it cues from a number of well-known influences. But there's a specific, singular madness that's completely its own.

    Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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