Monster's Ball (2002)



Critic Consensus: Somber and thought provoking, Monster's Ball has great performances all around.

Movie Info

Director Marc Forster, winner of Best Feature at Slamdance for his debut film Loungers (1996) and the "Someone to Watch" Independent Spirit Award for his indie drama Everything Put Together (2000), follows up those acclaimed projects with this intense, racially charged romance. Billy Bob Thornton stars as Georgia prison guard Hank Grotowski, a hard-drinking racist ex-cop whose father, Buck (Peter Boyle), is dying of emphysema and whose son, Sonny (Heath Ledger), works the execution detail at the … More

Rating: R (Rated R for strong sexual content, language and violence.)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Milo Addica, Will Rokos, Will Rokos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 11, 2002
Box Office: $31.3M
Lions Gate Films Inc. - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Monster's Ball

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (42)

It's not a polemic on the death penalty, race relations or family dynamics. It's a character study that really sticks with you.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A serious movie made by seriously talented people, and I never quite came 'round to it.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This brutal movie is for adults only.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

Though marred by script that telegraphs its messages, this drama still manages to tell a compelling love story betweenn a redneck guard and a black widow, well played by Billy Bob Thronton and particularly Halle Berre, who should get Oscar nomination

Full Review… | December 25, 2006

Forster makes us too intimate with these characters. But, heavy-handed and derivative as it is, its lead actors strike some resonant chords....

Full Review… | December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Forster's poised direction, as well as powerful turns from Billy Bob Thornton and the Oscar-winning Halle Berry, make this compelling viewing.

Full Review… | March 2, 2003
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Monster's Ball

Halle Berry's Oscar win for this one was well-deserved and more. The film itself is heart-wrenching for me. It is through loss and grieve that these two main characters find each other. Both of them are so beautifully tragic and so brilliantly interpreted by these two great actors. Quite somber but a must-see.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

A film this emotional, and working in every way, is extremely hard to come by these days, because filmmakers usually do not pay close enough attention to the little details in creation a true human drama. Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry give the performances of their careers and the supporting cast of Heath Ledger and Sean Combs really holds up as well. Everyone brings their A-Game to this picture and it really does show. As an ex-cop falls for the wife of one of his death row inmates, death comes around every corner and the film becomes very hard to watch, with not many happy moments, if any. It is perfectly editing, the direction is immaculate, the script is far more than suitable for this particular subject, and the score of the film fits better than anything I have seen in a long time. "Monsters Ball" is easily one of my favourite films.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Monster Ball is a creepy and emotional film that gave me a lot of respect for Halle Berry as she plays a incredible role, and the story was also very interesting and great, I really enjoyed Monster Ball.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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