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Tomatometer®reviews counted: 26see all Monster's Ball reviews
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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
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
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