Critic Consensus: Charlize Theron gives a searing, deglamorized performance as real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, an intense, disquieting portrait of a profoundly damaged soul.
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Critic Reviews for Monster
Ms. Theron has ventured far beyond mere surface impersonation -- although that is startling enough -- to an insightful penetration of her subject's psyche.
In the same way the beefed-up Theron fills the movie's tightly composed frames to bursting while pushing everything else to the margins, her showstopping rage blows through film like a tornado.
Brutal, brilliant, depressing and riveting.
A small movie with a gigantic performance by Charlize Theron.
If the film is a bit too soft on its subject, it is even more taken with its leading lady. Theron overwhelms.
Audience Reviews for Monster
Patty Jenkins does a bang up job writing and directing this thumbnail bio based on the eye popping true story about a hooker turned serial killer. Charlize Theron really gets into the skin of a soul abused for years and violently desperate for any kind of real affection, and Christina Ricci so inhabits the role as the vessel of that affection that I began to hate the truth depicted in their relationship. Overall a visceral film experience, not for the faint of heart.
Driven heavily by the milestone acting of Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci, "Monster" is a showcase of talent for many Oscar seasons to come. Actresses all around the world should look up to Charlize Theron in this film, not to say that every actress should play this role, because films would be hard to watch if more were like this. This is the type of film I would recommend to someone if they are looking for brilliant performances over an engaging story. Not to say that the story is not terrific, because it is, but the way that it is presented, is unnecessarily brutal. It is a very graphic film, so I recommend with caution. The writing is very good in this film, the sets feel perfect for the tone of the film, the director definitely takes his time in the moments that count, and the casting of Charlize Theron, again, is beyond out of this world. It is a scary film to watch at times, but it is a perfect portrayal of this true story. It's not a perfect film overall, but it is a great one! I definitely recommend it, but please watch with a strong stomach.
Amazing performances by the two leads makes this a film you'll never forget.
|Aileen Wuornos:||You'll never meet someone like me again.|
|Aileen Wuornos:||So I made a deal. I said God I gotta spend this 5 bucks but when it's gone so am I so, if you got something for me in this life you better bring it on, and there she was.|
|Aileen Wuornos:||I loved her. And the thing no one ever realized about me or believed was that I could learn. I could train myself into anything. People always look down their noses at hookers. Never give you a chance cause they think you took the easy way out. When no one could imagine the will power it took to do what we do, walking the streets night after night. Taking the hits and still getting back up. But I did and they'd all miss out. Cause they had no idea what I could discipline myself too and I believed in something - and I believed in her.|
|Aileen Wuornos:||People always look down their noses at hookers. Never give you a chance, because they think you took the easy way out, when no one could imagine the willpower it took to do what we do. Walking the streets, night after night, taking the hits and still getting back up.|