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  • 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.

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

  • 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

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