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Monster (2004)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 184
Fresh: 151
Rotten: 33

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 35
Rotten: 4

Critics 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 83,209

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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
Runtime:
Newmarket Film Group - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Monster

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (151) | Rotten (33) | DVD (39)

Ms. Theron has ventured far beyond mere surface impersonation -- although that is startling enough -- to an insightful penetration of her subject's psyche.

Full Review… | January 21, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

In the same way the beefed-up Theron fills the movie's tightly composed frames to bursting while pushing everything else to the margins, her showstopping rage blows through film like a tornado.

Full Review… | January 16, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Brutal, brilliant, depressing and riveting.

Full Review… | January 16, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A small movie with a gigantic performance by Charlize Theron.

Full Review… | January 16, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

If the film is a bit too soft on its subject, it is even more taken with its leading lady. Theron overwhelms.

Full Review… | January 16, 2004
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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
Suite101.com

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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
ColeSmithey.com

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
eFilmCritic.com

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… | June 3, 2008
Paste Magazine

Makes you just want to back away for safety, but also cuts right through your heart for this long wounded creature.

Full Review… | May 26, 2007
WBAI Web Radio

Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning toure de force!

Full Review… | April 22, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

A powerful film, and Theron's performance is as spectacular as advertised.

Full Review… | April 29, 2006
Laramie Movie Scope

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… | December 22, 2005
Fantastica Daily

With the exception of Charlize Theron's masterful performance as Wuornos, the film is a misguided mess.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

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.

Full Review… | January 27, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... 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.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Its plodding, sporadically effective script may not entice much, but it finds a haunting eloquence thanks to Theron's lacerating, career-defining performance.

September 30, 2004

...with more attention paid to shock than to storytelling, the violence and incredulity take the front seat...

Full Review… | June 13, 2004
Cinema Sight

El problema ante una actuación tan poderosamente asombrosa es que la película corre el riesgo de terminar siendo, "apenas", una pequeña película con una gran actuación.

Full Review… | June 7, 2004
Uruguay Total

Aileen Wuornos for Dummies

Full Review… | May 25, 2004
Film Freak Central

Not only is [Charlize] Theron completely convincing as Florida serial killer Aileen Wuornos, she's virtually unrecognizable.

May 14, 2004

I can forgive the Oscar- winning makeover, but not the script-doctored romance

Full Review… | April 15, 2004
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for Monster

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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

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.

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KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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

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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.

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Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Monster Quotes


Aileen Wuornos:
You'll never meet someone like me again.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)
Aileen Wuornos:
So I made a deal. I said God I gotta spend this 5 bucks but when it's gone so am I so, if you got something for me in this life you better bring it on, and there she was.
– Submitted by Jillian L (14 months ago)
Aileen Wuornos:
I loved her. And the thing no one ever realized about me or believed was that I could learn. I could train myself into anything. People always look down their noses at hookers. Never give you a chance cause they think you took the easy way out. When no one could imagine the will power it took to do what we do, walking the streets night after night. Taking the hits and still getting back up. But I did and they'd all miss out. Cause they had no idea what I could discipline myself too and I believed in something - and I believed in her.
– Submitted by Samira O (24 months ago)
Aileen Wuornos:
People always look down their noses at hookers. Never give you a chance, because they think you took the easy way out, when no one could imagine the willpower it took to do what we do. Walking the streets, night after night, taking the hits and still getting back up.
– Submitted by Samira O (24 months ago)
Aileen Wuornos:
All you need is love and to believe in yourself.
Aileen Wuornos:
[scoffs] Nice idea. It doesn't exactly work out that way. But I guess it was better to hear a flat-out lie than to know the truth at 13.
– Submitted by Samira O (24 months ago)
Aileen Wuornos:
All you need is love and to believe in yourself. Nice idea. It doesn't exactly work out that way. But I guess it was better to hear a flat-out lie than to know the truth at 13.
– Submitted by Siddharth S (2 years ago)

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