Monster's Ball

Monster's Ball

Monster's Ball

After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard (Billy Bob Thornton) re-examines his attitudes while falling in love with the African-American wife (Halle Berry in an Oscar-winning role) of the last prisoner he executed.

Best Actress (Berry), Academy Awards 2002
2001Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language & sex scenes113 minsUSA
DramaRomance

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Monster's Ball / Reviews

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Forster's poised direction, as well as powerful turns from Billy Bob Thornton and the Oscar-winning Halle Berry, make this compelling viewing.

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

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

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

Monster's Ball slowly and quietly gets under your skin.

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BBC

BBC

Intimate, gruelling, and in some strange way, uplifting.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Holds you in thrall from first frame to last.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Dark and beautifully directed.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The movie has the complexity of great fiction, and requires our empathy as we interpret the decisions that are made.

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CNN

CNN

A vastly overpraised study of racism that's so bleak, even its sex scenes are a drag.

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Variety

Variety

Monster's Ball is bolstered by a poetic, intelligent sensibility not seen in an American film since Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

All roads lead to acting-award nominations, but none lead to truth.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The actors make it unique and unforgettable.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

Far too studied to generate much impact.

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LA Weekly

LA Weekly

A maddening mess, but there's some real feeling in its madness.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

This is one of those rare movies in which even people glimpsed only for a moment or two seem to have lives that ramify beyond the screen, as if the story were being witnessed rather than dramatised.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Enigmatic, elliptical and mesmerising...

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New York Post

New York Post

One of the year's most unusual, subtle and thoroughly involving films.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Given the deliberate scarcity of action and dialogue, the actors are forced to rely heavily upon their interior lives, and more than deliver the goods.

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