Monster Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
February 2, 2004
Why didn't Kimberly Peirce rescue this movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 15, 2004
Charlize Theron gives a very fine performance in Monster. Too bad the movie has no idea what to do with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
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
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
January 27, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
December 5, 2003
True crime, secret lesbians, Floridian trailer trash, and 80s pop music.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
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+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 26, 2003
This isn't a portrait; it's a posthumous grounds for an appeal.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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.
| Original Score: C-
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
January 9, 2004
Would we still be talking about Monster, though, without Theron's remarkable transition? Probably not.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
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
James Christopher
Times [UK]
April 15, 2004
I can forgive the Oscar- winning makeover, but not the script-doctored romance
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
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
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
January 17, 2004
I was so distracted by trying to locate beautiful Charlize in the ugly Charlize that I had trouble seeing Aileen Wuornos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
December 31, 2003
Constantly, almost pathologically, making excuses and rationalizations for the brutal murderess.
| Original Score: C-
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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May 13, 2005
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
February 24, 2004
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
KJ Doughton
Nitrate Online
February 2, 2004
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
January 9, 2004
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 28, 2004
David Germain
San Francisco Examiner
February 3, 2004
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 3, 2004
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004

Boston Phoenix
January 10, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 17, 2004

ComingSoon.net
February 7, 2004
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