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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The actors make it unique and unforgettable. show more

  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Dark and beautifully directed melodrama about the strange intersection of racism and emotional need. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Halle Berry is something else as Leticia Musgrove, the widow of an inmate who's just been executed by Hank and his crew, and that something else is commandingly passionate. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Hate, love, bigotry, empathy and chance are the uninvited guests at Monster's Ball. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    This movie hyperventilates with pessimism to the point of perversity. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    As for myself, as Leticia rejoined Hank in the last shot of the movie, I was thinking about her as deeply and urgently as about any movie character I can remember. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Profoundly hopeful and optimistic film. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Packs a dramatic wallop that makes it one of the year's best movies. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is as anti-Hollywood a film as I have seen in recent months, one which takes conventional plot ideas and uses them not to season a melodrama, but to enrich fully three-dimensional characters and create a forceful motion picture. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Its ethical and intellectual insights wane when the love story kicks in, weakening what might have been a much deeper movie. Still, its performances are wonderful to watch. show more

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