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Monster Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Powerful, painful for mature audiences only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
October 12, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
May 4, 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 | Original Score: C+
Cole Smithey
May 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: A
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Theron is the most convincing actress to play Aileen Wuornos ever and really dives into the role...
Rob Gonsalves
July 18, 2008
Theron makes Aileen realistically frightening and unreachable at times. Murder in her hands is certainly not cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
May 26, 2007
Makes you just want to back away for safety, but also cuts right through your heart for this long wounded creature.
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
April 22, 2007
Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning toure de force!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 29, 2006
A powerful film, and Theron's performance is as spectacular as advertised.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
December 22, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3.75/4
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
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.
| Original Score: B
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
... 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+
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
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
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
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
June 7, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
May 25, 2004
Aileen Wuornos for Dummies
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 14, 2004
Not only is [Charlize] Theron completely convincing as Florida serial killer Aileen Wuornos, she's virtually unrecognizable.
| Original Score: 3/4
James Christopher
Times (UK)
April 15, 2004
I can forgive the Oscar- winning makeover, but not the script-doctored romance
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