Monster Reviews

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November 16, 2019
A somber, manipulative movie of the week that has connected with many people, but not this one.
May 4, 2005
With the exception of Charlize Theron's masterful performance as Wuornos, the film is a misguided mess.
March 5, 2005
June 13, 2004
...with more attention paid to shock than to storytelling, the violence and incredulity take the front seat...
May 25, 2004
Aileen Wuornos for Dummies
April 15, 2004
I can forgive the Oscar- winning makeover, but not the script-doctored romance
February 2, 2004
Why didn't Kimberly Peirce rescue this movie?
January 27, 2004
January 27, 2004
That Theron rises to the challenge is remarkable; the challenge for audiences will be to avoid confusing a great performance with a great movie.
January 24, 2004
January 22, 2004
While Theron is busy acting her heart out under an extra 30 pounds and acne, Monster is busy apologizing for "forbidden love" that it forgets the power of the story.
January 19, 2004
Repeatedly, [Jenkins] crosses a line between humanizing Wuornos (the responsibility of any serious artist) and justifying her.
January 17, 2004
I was so distracted by trying to locate beautiful Charlize in the ugly Charlize that I had trouble seeing Aileen Wuornos.
January 16, 2004
Parts of Monster are grimly fascinating, but ultimately Jenkins and Theron don't give us enough reason to care about Wuornos or her sad end.
January 16, 2004
Strives to be a one-way ticket into the mind of a serial killer, but it takes too many detours into TV movie-of-the-week territory.
January 15, 2004
Charlize Theron gives a very fine performance in Monster. Too bad the movie has no idea what to do with it.
January 13, 2004
Theron is clearly the reason to see the film, but even her impassioned performance is strictly by-the-numbers.
January 10, 2004
Jenkins' writing lacks grace...takes a pointer to the chalkboard over the tragic fate of her victims.
January 10, 2004
Great, good for her, Theron's performance here easily one for the ages. Too bad the movie it's given in doesn't deserve it, Monster a monstrously disappointing mess.
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