I'm going to give this film 4.5/5 on the rating scale. Overall the movie was phenomenal and easily the best movie of the summer, but some moments are really predictable and clearly a homage to Spielberg's classics. Other than that, every moment made me think I want to be a kid forever, which is a good thing. (SPOILERS AHEAD) My favorite parts where when they are in the tunnel and Joe tells the monster that "even if bad things happen, you can still live". Now that, to me, is one of the bests movie lines ever. It was so touching, and it really spoke to my heart.
I find it strange that most critics hated the ending, I loved it. Even though it was a lot like the E.T. ending, it still was amazing. Especially when the ship flies off into space and the *amazing* music plays. This movie has the best soundtrack ever! And a lot of the movie was funny. The jokes the kids made were old school, and the drunk hippy was hilarious! But the heart of the movie isn't a monster, or the kids, it's the good times they share together. You can't help but praise everything about this movie. It's a true masterpiece, bravo J.J., bravo.