Monster's Ball Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 3159

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 151

Theatrical Release Date: 12/26/2001

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Romance

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Marc Forster

Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle, Taylor Simpson, Gabrielle Witcher

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/04/2019

A grim southern gothic drama so emotionally painful it has an almost physical sting.

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johnny black - wrote on 07/30/2012

with halle berrs heroic performance in introducing dorothy dandridge she has already proven that she is a great and force to be reckoned with type of actress. and as much as i love her i have to be honest. this movie is absolutely ridiculous and a disgrace to black women and actresses everywhere .

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Freddie - wrote on 11/03/2008

This is one of those movies that are based on pure acting. I think everyone showed off their talent in this movie, minus P.Diddy Combs. Halle, however, definitely deserved her Academy Award for this performance. She really portayed that desperate and stuggling mother who fell into deeper desperation as the movie progressed. Billy Bob, also really played the sensitive bad guy quit well. Gotta mention Heath, even though his role wasn't that deep you can tell that he took his craft seriously, because he always puts on a good performance.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 04/15/2012

A series of (perhaps overly contrived) tragic events bring together an ex-corrections officer and the widow of a man he had a hand in executing in a thoughtful and well-written drama of finding redemption in breaking with the destructive influences of the past. Billy Bob Thornton gives a typically sturdy performance complimented by oscar winner Halle Berry, but it is Peter Boyle's decrepit yet still belligerently obnoxious patriarch that is the scene stealer. Actually, my main gripe lies in the casting of Berry, because as good as she is, and as crucial to the story the infamous sex scene is, having such a strikingly attractive woman involved can only lead to titillation; as a result the scene feels rather like high end porn. The script also reminded me of Crash in that although well …

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TheWolf - wrote on 08/03/2007

Monster's Ball wasn't made with a big budget by some very well known director. And to make things "worse", it's controversial as well because the story isn't exactly about a family living together happy with more money than there is water in the sea. And they weren't afraid to put a lot of racism in it, which was necessary to make this movie believable, but for some "politically correct" people, already reasons enough to say they didn't like it.
Berry deservedly won the 2001 Academy Award as best actress for her role as the tragic Leticia. She displays a wide range of emotions from pity to sadness to dispare to ecstacy to happiness. Thornton is equally good as the similarly tragic Hank who goes through much of the same emotional changes. Peter Boyle is also excellent as the bigoted …

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