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6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 16 out of 105

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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."