James Jay Edwards of FilmFracture writes: ""Super 8" is exactly what audiences have come to expect from Abrams. In fact, replace New York City with a small town and twenty-something yuppies with middle-school children and "Super 8" is Abram's "Cloverfield" without the "found footage" gimmick. What viewers can look forward to is a fun film that has jumps and starts mixed with subtle humor to break them up. "Super 8" is a standard monster movie, but one with heart. Abrams, as both writer and director, keeps the audience riveted to their seat waiting for what will happen next, but also makes the viewer care about his characters. It's just the right mix of "E.T." and "Independence Day"."