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Monster's Ball

drama


A lifetime of change can happen in a single moment.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    85%
  • Audience Score
    67%

common sense

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

This brutal movie is for adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a brutal movie. It includes an explicit execution, a suicide by gunshot, the death of a child, and extremely explicit sexual situations, including prostitution. There are very disturbing family situations involving emotional and physical abuse. Characters use very strong language, and they drink and smoke.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how people become racist and how we find help when we need it. Do you agree with what Hank decided about his father? What is Leticia thinking at the very end of the movie? What do you think will happen next?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    85%
    reviews counted: 26
    see all Monster's Ball reviews
  • Audience

    67%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A textbook example of fearless filmmaking, exhibiting a brand of gritty realism that's hard to watch but impossible to ignore.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Monday, March 4, 2002

Fresh: The low-key performances by Thornton and Berry are so deeply felt that you feel like a cell mate in their emotional prisons.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, February 7, 2002

Fresh:

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A bitter-sweet tale from start to finish, this film is all about breaking generational cycles of learned behaviour. The film has a very raw honesty about it and the emotions go from each extreme, from no feeling to intense feeling and is a most extroidinary tale of love and lost. It was certainly Halle Berry's best performance to date in my opinion, but Billy Bob Thornton was something else and this was arguably his best role to date too. The Father must have played a great role too, because the disgust of his character really is felt through the storytelling. One of my favourite films, it?s deep and it?s human!

- 76Majikat, Tuesday, December 22, 2009

3 stars

I'm not sure why I put off seeing this for so long. Maybe it was because all anyone ever talked about were the steamy love scenes between Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton (?). Maybe Stephanie Zacharek's negative review put me off (?). Whatever the reason, I'm happy to admit that my preconceptions were wrong. There is a lot here to like. Monster's Ball may not blow you away but it's sure to hold your attention with it's intelligent scripting and empathetic characters. Not OMG-fantastic but certainly not bad.

- flixsterman, Wednesday, December 9, 2009

4 stars

Frankenstein?s testicle. Joking, this is a very entertaining film, brilliantly played by Billy Bob Thornton.

- SirPant, Thursday, September 24, 2009