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