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Monster Reviews

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April 10, 2020
Monster is an almost masterpiece film and serial killer biography. It's somber and honest while it does not glamorize Aileen Wuornos and gives her a bit of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 15, 2019
A somber, manipulative movie of the week that has connected with many people, but not this one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 5, 2019
Theron keeps the proceedings on track. Her fierce, hauntingly vulnerable, Academy Award-winning performance shows us who Aileen Wuornos really was.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 6, 2019
Jenkins's Monster tells the story of victimisation and re-victimisation through Aileen Wuornos.
December 26, 2010
Powerful, painful for mature audiences only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 12, 2010
By "Monster's" end, nothingness replaces Aileen Wuornos' ferocity - evidence of exhaustive efforts from Patty Jenkins and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron to emphasize this serial killer's fraying sanity, not her crimes' sensationalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 4, 2010
The film's worth seeing for Charlize Theorn's stunning performance, based on complete physical and psychological transformation, but as a dramatic feature, it lacks an interesting perspective and is underpopulated in terms of characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 11, 2009
Charlize Theron gives her finest performance yet in the unlikely role of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in this riveting depiction of the Florida prostitute's decent into madness.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 29, 2009
Theron is the most convincing actress to play Aileen Wuornos ever and really dives into the role...
July 18, 2008
Theron makes Aileen realistically frightening and unreachable at times. Murder in her hands is certainly not cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 3, 2008
As impressive as [Charlize Theron's] transformation is, it's likely to spawn more discussions about acting than about the topic at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 26, 2007
Makes you just want to back away for safety, but also cuts right through your heart for this long wounded creature.
April 22, 2007
Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning toure de force!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 29, 2006
A powerful film, and Theron's performance is as spectacular as advertised.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 22, 2005
Theron gives a powerful, chameleon-like performance in this disturbing but very sad film that shows how harsh the world can seem to people living on the fringe of society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/4
May 4, 2005
With the exception of Charlize Theron's masterful performance as Wuornos, the film is a misguided mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 27, 2005
Monster may be an appropriate memorial to Wuornos, though it can't possibly be as sad and miserable as her poor life must have been.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 6, 2004
... sometimes, method acting is its own worst enemy. Theron is very, very good ... but many close-ups seem almost calculated to keep reminding us of just how extraordinarily her appearance has been changed.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 30, 2004
Its plodding, sporadically effective script may not entice much, but it finds a haunting eloquence thanks to Theron's lacerating, career-defining performance.
| Original Score: 3/5
June 13, 2004
...with more attention paid to shock than to storytelling, the violence and incredulity take the front seat...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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