• Monster (2004)


Release Date: January 30th, 2004

DVD Release Date: June 1st, 2004

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

Shortly after moving to Florida, longtime prostitute Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron) meets young and reserved Selby Wall (Christina Ricci) and a romance blossoms. When a john (Lee Tergesen) attempts to brutalize Aileen, she kills him and resolves to give up prostitution. But supporting herself and her new girlfriend through legitimate means proves extremely difficult, and she soon falls back on old ways. More johns die, and Selby can't help but think her new friend is responsible.

Cast: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Scott Wilson, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Marco St. John

Director: Patty Jenkins

Genres: Biography , Crime drama

Production Co: Zodiac Productions Inc., MDP Worldwide, K/W Productions, DEJ Productions, Denver and Delilah Productions

Distributors: Newmarket Film Group

Keywords: 1980s, Bar, Judge, Revenge, 1990s

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia 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

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall 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.

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe 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

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Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama