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Monster's Ball Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
This brutal movie is for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
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
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
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....
Full Review | Original Score: B
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Thornton and Berry show us what acting is in this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 29, 2003
Halle Berry turns in an amazing performance.
| Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Farber
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.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
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.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A fine film that packs enormous ambition into a modest, carefully executed package.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 26, 2002
In a movie season already nourished with tales of domestic despair, Monster's Ball is the most complex, naturalistic, and sympathetic.
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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
less a love story than a movie about love - about how it leeches into disparate hearts and desperate circumstances, about raw and unlikely and redemptive it can be
Full Review| Original Score: A
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A serious movie made by seriously talented people, and I never quite came 'round to it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 12, 2002
How nice it must be to be Hank, the strong man, swooping in to be Leticia's knight-in-shining-armor. How convenient, also, that this woman happens to be as beautiful as Halle Berry.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
June 14, 2002
Marc Forster's downbeat Southern drama really is a low-rent version of Carl Franklin's powerful One False Move
June 10, 2002
A great film. Considers genuine personalities and extreme feelings, and lingers in the mind, holding some kind of spell over us long after it has ended.
| Original Score: 4/4
June 7, 2002
There is so little love in this movie - it's really depressing. It's hard to buy into the rapid transformation that Billy Bob Thornton's character makes. You either believe the chemistry between the two actors, or you don't - I didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 5, 2002
Sadness engulfs the people in this provocative drama like a dense fog, leaving them with little sense of direction or purpose except trying to get by each day. Stunning performances!
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 3, 2002
In its deliberate pacing and its jolting turns, the movie is reminiscent of director Casi Lemmons' "Eve's Bayou," another Southern tale swamped in moodiness.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 30, 2002
A Última Ceia mergulha sem reservas no triste universo de seus protagonistas, retratando-os de forma honesta e, justamente por isso, despertando reações ambíguas na platéia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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