Monster
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Model-turned-actress Charlize Theron leaves her glamorous image behind for this gritty drama, in which she plays a disturbed prostitute who becomes a serial killer. Aileen Wuornos (Theron) was a woman who survived a brutal and abusive childhood in Michigan to become a thick-skinned but emotionally damaged adult. Homeless most of her life, Wuornos subsisted by working as a street prostitute; later, when she was in Florida, down to her last five dollars and pondering suicide, she stopped into a bar for a beer. There, Aileen met Selby Wall (Christina Ricci), a woman in her early twenties who had… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"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
"A small movie with a gigantic performance by Charlize Theron."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"By "Monster's" end, nothingness replaces Aileen Wuornos' ferocity - evidence of exhaustive efforts from Patty Jenkins and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron to emphasize this serial killer's fraying sanity, not her crimes' sensationalism."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Theron is the most convincing actress to play Aileen Wuornos ever and really dives into the role..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Makes you just want to back away for safety, but also cuts right through your heart for this long wounded creature."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"In the same way the beefed-up Theron fills the movie's tightly composed frames to bursting while pushing everything else to the margins, her showstopping rage blows through film like a tornado."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"If the film is a bit too soft on its subject, it is even more taken with its leading lady. Theron overwhelms."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"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
"Theron makes Aileen realistically frightening and unreachable at times. Murder in her hands is certainly not cool."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning toure de force!"
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"Brutal, brilliant, depressing and riveting."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Powerful, painful for mature audiences only."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"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
"As impressive as [Charlize Theron's] transformation is, it's likely to spawn more discussions about acting than about the topic at hand."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"A powerful film, and Theron's performance is as spectacular as advertised."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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