The New York Times takes the Cloverfield filmakers to the woodshed with a review that charges they should be ashamed of themselves for some spot-on visual allusions to Sept. 11, 2001. Critic Manohla Dargis writes:
Like Cloverfield itself, this new monster is nothing more than a blunt instrument designed to smash and grab without Freudian complexity or political critique, despite the tacky allusions to Sept. 11. The screams and the images of smoke billowing through the canyons of Lower Manhattan may make you think of the attack, and you may curse the filmmakers for their vulgarity, insensitivity or lack of imagination. (The director, Matt Reeves, lives in Los Angeles, as does the writer, Drew Goddard, and the movie's star producer, J. J. Abrams.)
I saw the film and there ARE two scenes which look more like footage from that sad fall day than a 2.0 monster movie.
What do you think? Tacky or realistic story telling?
— Alison Stewart