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Monster Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    74

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A seasoned director might have known when to ask Ms. Theron to do less, or nothing at all; as things stand, she acts at every single moment. But what brave and ferocious acting she does.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In Monster Theron undergoes one of the most startling transformations in the history of movies.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Challenges audiences with an unrelieved portrait of self-destruction and horrific violence. American movies don't get much grimmer than this.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    A compelling, thought-provoking, and unsettling drama.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Powerful, painful for mature audiences only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is for viewers 17 and up only. The main character in this fact-based story is a serial killer and a prostitute. The movie has explicit sexual references and situations, including gay sex, prostitution, and rape, extremely strong language, violence (including a brutal rape and several murders), smoking and drinking. There are tense and upsetting scenes.

  • Families can talk about who is the "monster." If it is Aileen, what made her that way? What could have prevented it? In what ways is the movie sympathetic to Aileen, and in what ways is it not? How can you tell?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extremely graphic violence, including rape, murders. Many tense and upsetting scenes.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Explicit sexual references and situations, including sexual assault, prostitution, gay sex.

  • language false5

    Language: Extreme and constant strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke a lot, drug references.

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