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Monster Reviews

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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+
February 2, 2004
Why didn't Kimberly Peirce rescue this movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 16, 2004
Strives to be a one-way ticket into the mind of a serial killer, but it takes too many detours into TV movie-of-the-week territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 15, 2004
Charlize Theron gives a very fine performance in Monster. Too bad the movie has no idea what to do with it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2003
although Jenkins does seem to be hip to the fact that Wuornos was lying about her supposed motivations for all the killings, the film has a tendency to let her off the hook.
| Original Score: 3/5
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 2, 2004
Phony choppers and a startling resemblance to Jon Voight aren't enough to transform Theron into Wuornos, and I didn't buy either the performance or the character for a second.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 27, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 8, 2004
For all the great work that goes into it, Monster gives no reason to invest any time trying to understand why this pathetic person took seven lives.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
December 5, 2003
True crime, secret lesbians, Floridian trailer trash, and 80s pop music.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 27, 2003
almost despicably lazy storytelling... Director / screenwriter Patty Jenkins has tried to humanize a despicable person, and she is completely ineffective at doing that.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
January 9, 2004
With no subtext, there's no way to react except with laughter to scenes in which, say, Wuornos... declares that she wants a career
January 13, 2004
Theron is clearly the reason to see the film, but even her impassioned performance is strictly by-the-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 26, 2003
This isn't a portrait; it's a posthumous grounds for an appeal.
January 9, 2004
Its series of weak excuses and cliched insights illuminate nothing, and the movie ends up little more than a lesbian slasher flick.
Read More | Original Score: C-
January 9, 2004
Would we still be talking about Monster, though, without Theron's remarkable transition? Probably not.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
April 15, 2004
I can forgive the Oscar- winning makeover, but not the script-doctored romance
January 27, 2004
That Theron rises to the challenge is remarkable; the challenge for audiences will be to avoid confusing a great performance with a great movie.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
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