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Monster

  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available

drama


Charlize Theron portrays the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a woman with a tortured past who turns to prostitution for money, and who eventually turned her anger into a motive for murder, becoming one of America's most infamous serial killers.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    82%
  • Audience Score
    81%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Powerful, painful for mature audiences only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is for viewers 17 and up only. The main character in this fact-based story is a serial killer and a prostitute. The movie has explicit sexual references and situations, including gay sex, prostitution, and rape, extremely strong language, violence (including a brutal rape and several murders), smoking and drinking. There are tense and upsetting scenes.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about who is the "monster." If it is Aileen, what made her that way? What could have prevented it? In what ways is the movie sympathetic to Aileen, and in what ways is it not? How can you tell?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    82%
    reviews counted: 11
    see all Monster reviews
  • Audience

    81%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Charlize Theron gives her finest performance yet in the unlikely role of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in this riveting depiction of the Florida prostitute's decent into madness.

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The film's worth seeing for Charlize Theorn's stunning performance, based on complete physical and psychological transformation, but as a dramatic feature, it lacks an interesting perspective and is underpopulated in terms of characters.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Charlize Theron's performance as Aileen Wuornos is possibly the best I've ever seen. Prostitute turned killer, Aileen's relationship with Selby (Christina Ricci) turns tense and frustratingly accommodating as time ticks. Christina Ricci's performance cannot live up to her co-star, but she does a considerable job. What frustrated me was her character, and maybe she was like that, but for me, she was too accommodating to Aileen's needs and wants. A brilliant, haunting film, Monster is a small film with a gigantic performance by Charlize Theron for which she more than deserved her Oscar.

- fb701560354, Saturday, October 20, 2012

5 stars

Where to start? Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci are possibly the best screen couple i've ever seen in my life. No offence meant, but Theron literally transformed doing this role into something she's not. And I actually believed that she WAS Aileen. Thats what I call solid acting. This movie is emotionally wrenching. I was crying through out this beautifully graphic masterpiece out of joy and sadness.

- aquateen2, Monday, December 19, 2011

4 stars

Compelling and unforgettable! This movie hooked me in from its very first scene, and kept me in a trance for its entire two hours. I thought this would be one of those overrated critics' favourites, but it was actually way better than I had imagined. What makes this film so great, is not the directing, nor the story (although those factors hold superb quality as well), but the powerful and riveting performances by Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci. The Best Actress-Oscar Theron received was well-deserved in the least. It's an unusual love story, full of drama, intrigues and emotional potency. Even though Theron's character does some unspeakable things - stuff that makes the stomach churn and leaves you seriously disturbed - I found myself deeply invested into the outcome of her story. This movie is not for everyone, as it's very unconventional and quite depressing. But I loved it for its uniqueness, and that it gave me something that I hadn't really seen before. A superb drama altogether, that shocks, engrosses and leaves you with something to think about.

- CloudStrife84, Monday, June 27, 2011