• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Patty Jenkins
    In Theaters:
    Jan 9, 2004 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jun 1, 2004
  • Newmarket Film Group


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Monster Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Powerful, painful for mature audiences only.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 26, 2010
Nick Rogers

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

October 12, 2010
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

May 4, 2010
Cole Smithey

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

May 11, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 18, 2008
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 3, 2008
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

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

Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio

May 26, 2007
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning toure de force!

Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Original Score: 4/4

April 22, 2007
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

April 29, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

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 Source: Fantastica Daily | Original Score: 3.75/4

December 22, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

May 4, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B

January 27, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

... 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.

| Original Score: B+

December 6, 2004
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

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

September 30, 2004
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 13, 2004
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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 Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 4/5

June 7, 2004
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Aileen Wuornos for Dummies

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2/4

May 25, 2004
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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

| Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2004
James Christopher
Times [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Times [UK]

April 15, 2004
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