Monster Reviews

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April 15, 2004
I can forgive the Oscar- winning makeover, but not the script-doctored romance
April 6, 2004
Theron offers a tender performance of fractured humanity, while Ricci -- in the less showy role -- also impresses.
January 21, 2004
Ms. Theron has ventured far beyond mere surface impersonation -- although that is startling enough -- to an insightful penetration of her subject's psyche.
January 16, 2004
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.
January 16, 2004
Brutal, brilliant, depressing and riveting.
January 16, 2004
A small movie with a gigantic performance by Charlize Theron.
January 16, 2004
If the film is a bit too soft on its subject, it is even more taken with its leading lady. Theron overwhelms.
January 16, 2004
The hype around the film Monster is justified by the performance of Charlize Theron.
January 16, 2004
First-time director Patty Jenkins takes us inside a year in Wuornos' turbulent life, building her movie around Theron's dynamite performance, raw, exposed and nerve-wracking in its immediacy.
January 16, 2004
[An] intricate and tender movie.
January 15, 2004
[Theron] captures the essence of the woman, a lifelong victim who preys on her customers with the determined sadness of someone who has finally snapped inside.
January 15, 2004
There's Theron, like a force of nature, compelling us to go beyond TV-movie supposition and look Wuornos straight in the eye.
January 9, 2004
An okay movie made nearly great by one great thing: the bravura, mercilessly watchable performance of Charlize Theron.
January 9, 2004
Improbable as it sounds in such a brutal protagonist, Aileen has a three-dimensional credibility.
January 9, 2004
Walks a very delicate line: It doesn't excuse or glamorize the actions of its main character, serial killer Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron), but it does offer an understanding of her -- or, at least, of the version of Wuornos this film presents.
January 9, 2004
Its series of weak excuses and cliched insights illuminate nothing, and the movie ends up little more than a lesbian slasher flick.
January 9, 2004
Theron's work here stands with that of Jennifer Connelly, Hope Davis, Naomi Watts, Cate Blanchett and Charlotte Rampling as one of the best female performances of 2003.
January 9, 2004
There's the uncanny sensation that Theron has forgotten the camera and the script and is directly channeling her ideas about Aileen Wuornos. She has made herself the instrument of this character.
January 9, 2004
A gruesome, helpless spiral barely saved by an actress locating humanity where few would have cared to bother.
January 8, 2004
Brings the horror stories of everyday life down to a recognizable level.
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