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Monsters and Men Reviews

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 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
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
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
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
It's left to the actors... to keep us close, and not one of them shirks the task, injecting intellectual and emotional nuance that frequently transcends the script.
September 27, 2018
A politically astute, emotionally layered examination of a violent death and its lingering psychic residue.
September 27, 2018
This is all pretty straightforward, helped by good performances from the three principals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2018
Its innate intelligence and matter-of-fact sensitivity are the kinds of storytelling assets we need more of, especially when the fabric of life for many continues to fray and tear in ways that demand a larger societal reassessing.
September 26, 2018
Monsters and Men is a rather straightforward ripped-from-the-headlines story. But it's aided by a narrative structure that highlights complexity, rather than tidy symmetry.
January 27, 2018
Monsters and Men excels when it dives into the complications of race and authority, articulated vividly by three excellent lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 21, 2018
There's an expert fluidity to the chain of events and their direct impact on three men of color just trying to live honest, productive lives.
January 19, 2018
For the people Green most hopes to engage, he hasn't given them quite enough to work with.