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Monster Reviews

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November 29, 2017
A stunning and professional acting by Charlize Theron for her portrayal of a seriel killer, Aileen Wuornos, which ultimately won her an Oscar for best actress.
November 18, 2017
This is Charlize Theron's career-best performance and one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema. She doesn't play a character, she becomes one.
November 17, 2017
The transformation of Charlize Theron and her amazing performance is something really remarkable. I think that is the biggest part of the movie, that otherwise would be pretty normal.
October 22, 2017
I'm Doing Underwater Shooting.
½ September 6, 2017
Thanks to an engrossing plot and the powerhouse performance by Charlize Theron this biographical crime drama is elevated way above the average film within that genre. It also has a decent supporting cast in the form of Christina Ricci and Bruce Dern, the score/soundtrack is solid, the violence is shocking and brutal and the direction is great.
August 12, 2017
One of the best films I've seen, Charlize Theron's transformation to Aileen Wuornos is a bar set extraordinary high for Hollywood. This film will challenge your own perception of right and wrong, and that some things in life are neither.
Super Reviewer
½ August 10, 2017
One of the hardest things to do is made a typically unsympathetic character sympathetic. Monster deals with a famous serial killer from the early 1990's who believed she was killing for good reasons. Finding a way to write a direct such a character so that the audience doesn't automatically despise your lead is a difficult thing to do. Patty Jenkins and Charlize Theron found a way to do just that with Aileen Wuornos. The story deals with Aileen, who has had a rough life to say the least. She's been a prostitute since an early teen, physically abused by her family, and has been homeless for years ever since being kicked out of her home. Just by hearing that, there's at least some sense of pity I feel for her. This all leads to her meeting Selby Wall (based on Tyria Moore). The film portrays both of them at a rough patch in their life, which makes it all the more timely that they meet each other. After a relatively sweet romance for the first 40 minutes of the film, Aileen begins her crime spree. We may never know exactly how it all went down, but if she originally killed first victim because he was raping her and likely going to murder her, then I can feel a lot of sympathy towards her. As I said, Jenkins makes a choice to present Aileen as a victim herself, but that changes about halfway through. But I really appreciate the balance Jenkins gives to the crimes. They aren't faceless crimes without purpose, she's doing them for love and because her life is close to worthless without the money she's getting. By no means does that dismiss her from having any guilt, as no one should be murdered, but you can begin to understand her mindset just a little bit. It doesn't hurt that you have a great actress like Charlize Theron to build your film around, as she earned an Oscar for her turn as Aileen. It was well deserved I may add. Overall, Monster is a fascinating movie to get inside of a murderous psychopath, but it's more the moments of humanity in Aileen that stand out the most.

June 25, 2017
Charlize Theron truly becomes another person in this movie: her Aileen Wuornos was such a psycho and and I had never seen Christina Ricci in a mature role. Good for Theron's Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG
½ June 20, 2017
A devasting and incredible character study, Theron proves herself to be one of the greatest actresses of our time in this film at once full of sympathy and devoid of mercy.
½ June 4, 2017
Charlize Theron disappeared into her role and Patty Jenkins created a genuine human story about a serial killer. A
May 26, 2017
Monster is a rarity not only for a strong directorial debut, but also for focusing on a serial killer and making it largely work. It does paint Aileen in a brighter light and doesn't make the serial killer part feel as real, but Theron's performance is so strong you almost don't care.
May 21, 2017
The acting was incredible.
March 19, 2017
Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci co-star in a film written and directed by Patty Jenkins, Monster. Theron is Aileen, a hooker who is never had much love or luck in her life. All this changes when a young girl Selby (Ricci) reaches out to her over a few drinks. Although not gay, she is so grateful to be reached out to, that the two fall in love. One night while hooking, a man gets aggressive with her and tries to rape her. Aileen kills him and takes his car and money.

Selby leaves her family and decides to go on the road with Aileen. The two struggle to survive especially because Aileen wants to quit hooking and have a normal job. With no job skills, she feels forced to go back to hooking and kills several johns in the process for their money. Selby is mostly oblivious to the fact, until Aileen confesses. It is not long before the two become suspects and Aileen feels he must send Selby away to protect her. Selby soon gets chased down and has no choice but to testify.

Monster is a pretty serious drama that is solely fueled by an incredible performance by Theron. She won the Oscar and its completely warranted. In addition to making herself look borderline hideous, she puts on an incredible performance that ranges from fury, to love, compassion and sadness. Despite her going and killing mostly innocent men and is pretty much a Monster, you still feel a sense of compassion and sorrow for her as she has never been given a chance at a real life. Ricci does a fine job supporting, but Theron clearly steals the show and makes the picture. There is not much to like about this film as it is quite a melodrama that features an ongoing saga of unrequited love, murder and despair, but Theron makes you keep watching. The film is loosely based off a real story which gives it a bit more edge and reality to its context, but regardless Monster is worth watching for Theron alone.

March 11, 2017
Monster is a study of a serial killer with Charlize Theron's towering performance as the unstable, yet sympathetic As Aileen
½ February 16, 2017
The documentary material on the subject is superior and the movie meanders more than it should but Theron's portrayal is uncanny and merits celebration.
½ February 10, 2017
Why bother engaging a beatyful actress like her just to make look ugly?
January 23, 2017
Charlize Theron gave one of the performances of the last decade in her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos, the female serial killer who murdured multiple men in Florida during a two year span.
Also have to mention Christina Ricci who admirably played her love interest with an awkwardness and naive nature that made the film all the more believable. I honestly wasn't too intrigued by the story. When a biopic is done where you already know the outcome, there as to be some fresh ideas and good acting, along with moments that deeply affect you. The story was decent, but you have to cast that aside when you watch in awe at the transformation and performance on display by Theron. It elevates the movie from OK, to damn good.

She plays the role of a troubled hooker turned serial killer to a T. She knocks every scene out of the park and every second she is on screen I was in awe at the acting chops that were in display. It was unbelievable really. I recommend this film based on Theron's performance alone.
½ January 8, 2017
This is all about Charlize Theron work. We talk about the best leading actress work in 10 years here. Kudos Theron, salute.
December 29, 2016
Unpleasant but gripping.
December 18, 2016
Exceptional. Amazing that a film about a serial killer can be so watchable and rewatchable. Also made better by Journey - Don't Stop Believing.
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