Monster's Ball
Monster's Ball (2002)

Director Marc Forster, winner of Best Feature at Slamdance for his debut film Loungers (1996) and the "Someone to Watch" Independent Spirit Award for his indie drama Everything Put Together (2000), follows up those acclaimed… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 11, 2002
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Somber and thought provoking, Monster's Ball has great performances all around.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's not a polemic on the death penalty, race relations or family dynamics. It's a character study that really sticks with you.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

[Forster] tells his story with directness and simplicity and without the high hallmarks of the soaps' gooey emotional lubrication.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This brutal movie is for adults only.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

A serious movie made by seriously talented people, and I never quite came 'round to it.

James Berardinelli

A powerful and poignant motion picture not about racism and redemption, as one might initially suppose, but about one of the most urgent and universal of human needs -- that of finding solace for pain and loneliness.

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Emanuel Levy

Though marred by script that telegraphs its messages, this drama still manages to tell a compelling love story betweenn a redneck guard and a black widow, well played by Billy Bob Thronton and particularly Halle Berre, who should get Oscar nomination

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

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

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Though the film can initially seem off-putting, Monster's Ball slowly and quietly gets under your skin.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Forster makes us too intimate with these characters. But, heavy-handed and derivative as it is, its lead actors strike some resonant chords....

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Not for everyone, this work requires thought and involvement, leaving those desirous of spoon-feeding disappointed. Excellent performances highlight this… More
KJ Proulx
A film this emotional, and working in every way, is extremely hard to come by these days, because filmmakers usually do not pay close enough attention to the… More
familiar stranger
This serious character study nor the performances managed to keep me engaged. Found it utterly boring & frustratingly slow. Not sure if I'll ever grow… More
Jim Careter
Monster Ball is a creepy and emotional film that gave me a lot of respect for Halle Berry as she plays a incredible role, and the story was also very… More
Wildaly M
Halle Berry's Oscar win for this one was well-deserved and more. The film itself is heart-wrenching for me. It is through loss and grieve that these two… More
Steven Carrier
"Monster's Ball" is at once a overwrought and grating film while also managing to be complex and rewarding. What ultimately makes the film work… More