Monster's Ball Reviews

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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 26, 2010
This brutal movie is for adults only.
August 7, 2008
July 14, 2007
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.
January 29, 2003
Halle Berry turns in an amazing performance.
December 17, 2002
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 30, 2002
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.
August 26, 2002
In a movie season already nourished with tales of domestic despair, Monster's Ball is the most complex, naturalistic, and sympathetic.
August 7, 2002
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
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