Monster

2018, Crime/Drama, 1h 38m

62 Reviews 50+ Ratings

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Monster would have benefited from a less heavy-handed approach, but Kelvin Harrison Jr.'s performance gives this timely drama emotional heft. Read critic reviews

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Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.

Cast & Crew

Jennifer Ehle
Katherine O'Brien
Tim Blake Nelson
Leroy Sawicki
A$AP Rocky
William King
John David Washington
Richard "Bobo" Evans
John Cashin
Irish Inmate
Paul Ben-Victor
Anthony Petrocelli
Jonathan Coyne
Detective Karyl
Lovie Simone
Renee Pickford
Nas
Raymond "Sunset" Green
Tonya Lewis Lee
Producer
Brenda Gilbert
Executive Producer
Ali Jazayeri
Executive Producer
Joseph Ingrassia
Executive Producer
John Legend
Executive Producer
Richard McConnell
Executive Producer
David Devlin
Cinematographer
Joe Klotz
Film Editor
Jeremy Reed
Production Design
Mobolaji Dawodu
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Critic Reviews for Monster

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  • Three years is a long time, especially these days, but even in 2018, reviews of the film balked at its gloominess and distracting filmmaking. It has not aged well.

    May 12, 2021 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Despite some shortcomings though, "Monster" remains a worthy watch if just for Harrison's performance.

    May 11, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's harrowing in its believability alone. If only it were a better movie.

    May 11, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The film arrives with a timely theme and a cast whose stock has soared in the intervening time, making this one for the time capsule if nothing else... It's just that the movie adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

    May 10, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The film attempts to discuss race and identity politics and the way young Black men are perceived by the system, but its point is constantly obscured by the path it takes to get there.

    May 8, 2021 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • It's a noble undertaking without question, but is stymied by a hyper-cursory approach.

    May 8, 2021 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Three years is a long time, especially these days, but even in 2018, reviews of the film balked at its gloominess and distracting filmmaking. It has not aged well.

    May 12, 2021 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Despite some shortcomings though, "Monster" remains a worthy watch if just for Harrison's performance.

    May 11, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's harrowing in its believability alone. If only it were a better movie.

    May 11, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The film arrives with a timely theme and a cast whose stock has soared in the intervening time, making this one for the time capsule if nothing else... It's just that the movie adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

    May 10, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Harrison Jr. gives a powerful performance as a young man who finds his worldview shattered by betrayal, insecurity, anger, fear, doubt, and guilt.

    July 20, 2021 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…
  • A true waste of talent for a film that does not bother, but that does not take off either. [Full Review in Spanish]

    June 22, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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