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Based on 40 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    There's Theron, like a force of nature, compelling us to go beyond TV-movie supposition and look Wuornos straight in the eye. Her raw and riveting performance makes Monster an experience you won't forget. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Theron is nearly unrecognizable in the role. She's also astonishingly good. Obscuring the movie star has liberated the actress. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Monster brings the horror stories of everyday life down to a recognizable level -- even as the actress inhabiting that story remains startlingly unrecognizable. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Any which way you describe this uncompromising movie, it will never sound palatable. Still, it features one of the most spectacular physical transformations by an actress hungry for a meaty role. I haven't used the term "tour de force" in all of 2003, but now it is time. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A compelling, thought-provoking, and unsettling drama. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    I don't think it's a great movie -- though Theron's is a near-great performance -- but it's not one you can easily forget. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    If you can endure watching it, you won't forget this grim cautionary tale for a long time. show more

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