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.
October 15, 2009
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.
July 20, 2002
A serious movie made by seriously talented people, and I never quite came 'round to it.
March 4, 2002
A textbook example of fearless filmmaking, exhibiting a brand of gritty realism that's hard to watch but impossible to ignore.
Top Critic
February 17, 2002
Intimate, gruelling, and in some strange way, uplifting.
February 16, 2002
[Forster] tells his story with directness and simplicity and without the high hallmarks of the soaps' gooey emotional lubrication.
February 10, 2002
A powerful and poignant motion picture not about racism and redemption, as one might initially suppose, but about one of the most urgent and universal of human needs -- that of finding solace for pain and loneliness.
February 8, 2002
Though the film can initially seem off-putting, Monster's Ball slowly and quietly gets under your skin.
February 8, 2002
A profoundly hopeful and optimistic film about people's ability to bounce back from just about anything.
February 8, 2002
The script has a schematic feel and the emblematic character types typical of the work of young writers, particularly those who have something to say and aren't just trying to make a buck.
February 8, 2002
Disturbing, provocative and, finally, tentatively encouraging, Monster's Ball brings subtlety and quiet conviction to the kind of story routinely exploited on the big screen.
February 8, 2002
The acting is so good in Monster's Ball, and the understated but intense mood so skillfully maintained, that we tend to overlook the story's contrivances.
February 8, 2002
Monster's Ball shows that convincing acting and a detailed, developed sense of place can make a story not only believable but moving.
February 8, 2002
The best thing Marc Forster's direction does is take these characters through their experiences at a convincingly naturalistic respiratory rate...
February 7, 2002
Holds you in thrall from first frame to last.
February 7, 2002
It's Berry who sets the pace. Her performance is a triumph of emotion and abandon.
February 7, 2002
A stunning achievement that features Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry in career-defining performances.
February 7, 2002
The low-key performances by Thornton and Berry are so deeply felt that you feel like a cell mate in their emotional prisons.
February 7, 2002
As oddly comforting as it is unsettling, Monster's Ball honors novelist E.M. Forster's famed dictum: 'Only Connect.'
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