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Monster Reviews

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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.

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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.
November 23, 2016
One of the best movies I've ever seen!
½ October 24, 2016
It can be hard to watch, and has some divots, but Charlize Theron's mind-blowing performance and Patty Jenkins' thoughtful direction seer the film into memory.
September 27, 2016
Disturbing, weird, and unpoetic horror story
September 2, 2016
To go into this movie with strict and uptight feelings of right and wrong is not an option. An almost too convincing performance from Charlize Theron as the notorious Aileen Wuornos is the first big focus. You can tell dedication by the fact you recognize the actress in the role. The second is the twist on the whole idea of doing anything for love, which blows your mind in many ways. There's great chemistry between Theron and Ricci's characters, especially at their most tumultuous times of their relationship. There's also the outside world, many of the facets being such a facade to the point that it feels alien to the two. It makes one wonder about the grey area, and it scares you how small it really is. There are so many layers to this movie that still haven't been peeled out yet, and god knows if it's for the better or for the worse.
August 25, 2016
I believe the only stand out in Monster was how terrific Charlize Theron's performance is.
August 21, 2016
The fairy-tale romance feels a little out of place, but Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci's performances couldn't be more fitting.
½ August 6, 2016
Very well done. Fantastic performance by Ricci and even better one by Theron.
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