Monster's Ball Reviews
November 12, 2018
Leticia and Hank come together in their grief, and when they do - when, in particular, they seek some kind of punishment and absolution in sex - it makes for one of the most intense, moving and real moments you're ever likely to witness on film.
December 25, 2006
Though marred by script that telegraphs its messages, this drama still manages to tell a compelling love story betweenn a redneck guard and a black widow, well played by Billy Bob Thronton and particularly Halle Berre, who should get Oscar nomination
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2004
Forster makes us too intimate with these characters. But, heavy-handed and derivative as it is, its lead actors strike some resonant chords....
January 12, 2004
March 2, 2003
Forster's poised direction, as well as powerful turns from Billy Bob Thornton and the Oscar-winning Halle Berry, make this compelling viewing.
February 8, 2003
Thornton and Berry show us what acting is in this movie.
December 2, 2002
Recalls Tender Mercies, another astutely acted character study that remained resolutely small-scale and was all the more affecting because it didn't overreach.
November 6, 2002
It's not a polemic on the death penalty, race relations or family dynamics. It's a character study that really sticks with you.
October 21, 2002
Much of the film works, performances all around are better than the script, and the whole (especially the first part) is well directed by Marc Forster.
October 15, 2002
A fine film that packs enormous ambition into a modest, carefully executed package.