Monster (2018)

Monster (2018)

Monster (2018)

The bright future of an intelligent 17-year-old comes crashing down in front of him when he's charged with felony murder in this legal drama starring Kelvin Harrison Jr (Luce), John David Washington (Tenet) and ASAP Rocky.

2018Rating: R98 minsUSA
Drama

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Monster (2018) / Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

It resonates just about enough, a quiet scream in the darkness, now able to be heard in living rooms across the world.

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Variety

Variety

A visually kinetic film that is as much about seeing as it is about being seen, about agency and the racial myopia of American justice.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

The more I think about this film, the angrier I get.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Director Mandler and cinematographer David Devlin nimbly switch filters to reflect various stops along the timeline.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A strong, absorbing, beautifully performed and crafted social drama...

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Myers wanted us to feel for the kid but also to ponder the spectrum between action and inaction and where responsibility - and thus guilt - might fall on it. In the end, the movie gets that, too.

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The Times

The Times

Some American critics have complained that this distances us from the film's emotional core, but with a genre that's as ancient and overdone as the courtroom drama this acknowledgment of storytelling mechanisms seems smart and long overdue.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

It's a noble undertaking without question, but is stymied by a hyper-cursory approach.

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CNN

CNN

Adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

It's harrowing in its believability alone. If only it were a better movie.

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Associated Press

Associated Press

A worthy watch if just for Harrison's performance.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Three years is a long time, especially these days, but even in 2018, reviews of the film balked at its gloominess and distracting filmmaking. It has not aged well.

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