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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: 30
    see all Monster reviews
  • Audience

    81%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Ms. Theron has ventured far beyond mere surface impersonation -- although that is startling enough -- to an insightful penetration of her subject's psyche.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Fresh: Theron] captures the essence of the woman, a lifelong victim who preys on her customers with the determined sadness of someone who has finally snapped inside.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Thursday, January 15, 2004

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

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A great acting performance from Charlize Theron is what stand out the most. Telling the true story and sad decline of a prostitute turned serial killer. I think that fact it's based on a true story makes it more interesting, however the story as such is quite straight forward.

- Deano78, Sunday, October 10, 2010

4 stars

Charlize Theron thoroughly deserved her Oscar for this one as it wasn?t just her make-up that made her convincing, she really got into the part!

- SirPant, Friday, September 25, 2009

3 stars

Charlize Theron was awesome! A sad sad story in every way possible, but good movie.

- LitelBluHli, Wednesday, April 1, 2009