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6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 100
  2. Negative: 15 out of 100

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  1. May 25, 2011
    10
    Charlize Theron delivers with one of the best acting performances of cinema history, and shows she truly deserves an oscar for this one. the script seems nice but sometimes it's quite boring or predictable.
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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."