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Monsters and Men Reviews

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October 25, 2018
'Monsters and Men' will go down as a Black Lives Matter film that upended the format and presented us with a direct mirror as to what black and brown folks feel during this pivotal and crucial time in our society.
October 20, 2018
Green's directing clearly wants me to breathe their air and live their lives. But his writing keeps everything frustratingly distant.
Top Critic
October 11, 2018
A lesser movie might weave these threads into a narrative that exploits real-world parallels - viral social media, athletes who take a knee, cops who close ranks. "Monsters And Men" doesn't pander or dismiss.
October 10, 2018
Green's movie urges us to delve beneath the headlines and slogans and face the nature of injustice in our dysfunctional society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2018
It's frustrating yet authentic and not the first time that director Reinaldo Marcus Green has taken on the subject of racial bias in the law enforcement community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2018
The simmering distrust between urban law enforcement and working-class minorities is illustrated with gritty authenticity in this provocative ensemble drama.
October 4, 2018
Gripping throughout, this work of profound cinema should be seen, savored and celebrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 4, 2018
The film seems so freshly ripped from today's headlines that it feels like there's still more of the story to be told, which in a sense, there is.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 4, 2018
Green, as writer and director, takes on a police shooting from several different angles. Each is fascinating and powerful on their own, and together the results are shattering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 4, 2018
Despite its many loose ends and overblown title, Monsters and Men is a memorable first film that has an air of having wafted in from the streets. Infused with tenderness and humanity, Green's film ultimately encourages empathy and understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 3, 2018
Monsters and Men almost feels more like a tone poem than a narrative. It's sincere and feels lived in, but it seems a bit too ephemeral in its treatment of the matters that it wants us to consider to have much impact.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 28, 2018
Green illuminates his characters with care and subtlety, allowing them to live inside shades of grey that a black-and-white world rarely allows.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 28, 2018
Green's graceful direction and keen ear for dialogue certainly make him a new filmmaker to watch, and it'll be fascinating to see what he does with a more focused narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 28, 2018
Green fulfills on his promise as an emerging filmmaker-to-watch, delivering a compelling and emotionally honest tripartite narrative about three men in Brooklyn who've all been impacted by the violent incident and must make an irrevocable choice.
September 28, 2018
John David Washington is at his forceful best in this racially-charged drama from debuting filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green that uses the perspective of three persons of color to examine the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white cop,
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2018
Superb race-relations drama has language, tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 27, 2018
Green's gracefully assured script and direction don't formally separate the three segments, nor are they differentiated in tonal or stylistic terms...its somewhat hyperbolic title aside, Monsters and Men doesn't demonize (or sanctify) anyone.
Top Critic
September 27, 2018
Monsters and Men offers neither unalloyed despair nor implausible hope. It's about the way people of color live now, moving through the streets with passion, purpose and one eye on the rear-view mirror.
September 27, 2018
The stories, for the most part, don't resolve themselves, or they tend to tie up abruptly in a fashion that frustrates expectations without providing compensating insight.
September 27, 2018
It's not simply about doing the right thing from one point of view. It's in realizing that, for each of the men, the right thing is different.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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