Monster

User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 113
  2. Negative: 17 out of 113
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  1. TylerC
    Feb 3, 2005
    1
    I gave this movie one star because of the makeup work on Charlize Theron. This was a feminist Bonnie and Clyde production from start to finish. There is no way that Charlize Theron deserved the best actress for this. Most of her acting was overplayed and at times laughable. The filmmaker wanted us to feel sorry for this person but I refuse to do so.There was nothing in this story for me I gave this movie one star because of the makeup work on Charlize Theron. This was a feminist Bonnie and Clyde production from start to finish. There is no way that Charlize Theron deserved the best actress for this. Most of her acting was overplayed and at times laughable. The filmmaker wanted us to feel sorry for this person but I refuse to do so.There was nothing in this story for me to hold onto or care about, a complete waste of time. Rot in hell Aileen Wournos!!! Expand
  2. DamianP.
    Apr 15, 2004
    2
    Don't get me wrong, this movie was well made. I just hated the story so much, and I wanted to walk out of the cinema within the first 15 minutes. I'm sure it deserves whatever praise it gets, but it's not my cup of tea.
  3. Diana
    Mar 11, 2005
    1
    The idea is honorable. the movie, however, was rather disappointing. tv-production level.
  4. CraigB.
    Sep 13, 2004
    2
    Good performances all round and constant sense of sadness cannot hide the fact that Patty Jenkins is just justifying the sick crimes of Eileen Wournos by blaming it all on men. We're meant to feel sorry for her and understand why she did it. Sorry but many people have been victims of terrible things in their earlier years, but thats no excuse. This remains a feminist exercise on how, Good performances all round and constant sense of sadness cannot hide the fact that Patty Jenkins is just justifying the sick crimes of Eileen Wournos by blaming it all on men. We're meant to feel sorry for her and understand why she did it. Sorry but many people have been victims of terrible things in their earlier years, but thats no excuse. This remains a feminist exercise on how, when a woman, everything you do can be blamed on something else. Shameful. Expand
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Challenges audiences with an unrelieved portrait of self-destruction and horrific violence. American movies don't get much grimmer than this.
  2. Theron breaks through with a ferocious performance--a real career-changer.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Gritty and compelling as Monster is, the script's not entirely satisfying elaboration of the central relationship and Ricci's somewhat ungiving performance limit the material to that of a superior telemovie rather than something emotionally richer, like "Boys Don't Cry."