Monster (2004)



Critic Consensus: Charlize Theron gives a searing, deglamorized performance as real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, an intense, disquieting portrait of a profoundly damaged soul.

Movie Info

Model-turned-actress Charlize Theron leaves her glamorous image behind for this gritty drama, in which she plays a disturbed prostitute who becomes a serial killer. Aileen Wuornos (Theron) was a woman who survived a brutal and abusive childhood in Michigan to become a thick-skinned but emotionally damaged adult. Homeless most of her life, Wuornos subsisted by working as a street prostitute; later, when she was in Florida, down to her last five dollars and pondering suicide, she stopped into a … More

Rating: R (for strong violence and sexual content, and for pervasive language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Patty Jenkins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Box Office: $34.2M
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as Aileen Wuornos

as Selby Wall

as Thomas

as Horton (Last John)

as Gene (Stuttering Joh...

as Vincent Corey

as Donna Tentler

as Cubby

as Will Grueser

as Charles

as Lead Prosecutor

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as Chuck
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Critic Reviews for Monster

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (44)

Powerful, painful for mature audiences only.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

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… | October 12, 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… | May 4, 2010

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… | May 11, 2009

Theron is the most convincing actress to play Aileen Wuornos ever and really dives into the role...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Theron makes Aileen realistically frightening and unreachable at times. Murder in her hands is certainly not cool.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for Monster

Driven heavily by the milestone acting of Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci, "Monster" is a showcase of talent for many Oscar seasons to come. Actresses all around the world should look up to Charlize Theron in this film, not to say that every actress should play this role, because films would be hard to watch if more were like this. This is the type of film I would recommend to someone if they are looking for brilliant performances over an engaging story. Not to say that the story is not terrific, because it is, but the way that it is presented, is unnecessarily brutal. It is a very graphic film, so I recommend with caution. The writing is very good in this film, the sets feel perfect for the tone of the film, the director definitely takes his time in the moments that count, and the casting of Charlize Theron, again, is beyond out of this world. It is a scary film to watch at times, but it is a perfect portrayal of this true story. It's not a perfect film overall, but it is a great one! I definitely recommend it, but please watch with a strong stomach.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Amazing performances by the two leads makes this a film you'll never forget.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Charlize Theron's performance as Aileen Wuornos is possibly the best I've ever seen. Prostitute turned killer, Aileen's relationship with Selby (Christina Ricci) turns tense and frustratingly accommodating as time ticks. Christina Ricci's performance cannot live up to her co-star, but she does a considerable job. What frustrated me was her character, and maybe she was like that, but for me, she was too accommodating to Aileen's needs and wants. A brilliant, haunting film, Monster is a small film with a gigantic performance by Charlize Theron for which she more than deserved her Oscar.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

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