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Monster's Ball

  R HD Closed Captioning

Marc Forster

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Plot Summary

MONSTER'S BALL is a hard-hitting Southern drama tempered by a story of powerful life-changing love. It is the story of Hank (Academy Award winner, Billy Bob Thornton), an embittered prison guard working on Death Row who begins an unlikely but emotionally charged affair with Leticia (Academy Award winner, Halle Berry), the wife of a man under his watch on The Row.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 142
  • Fresh: 121
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A serious movie made by seriously talented people, and I never quite came 'round to it. – Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: [Forster] tells his story with directness and simplicity and without the high hallmarks of the soaps' gooey emotional lubrication. – Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The script has a schematic feel and the emblematic character types typical of the work of young writers, particularly those who have something to say and aren't just trying to make a buck. – Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Are you kidding me???

Boring. Pointless and disgusting. I dont care what kind of award(s) are slapped on/attached to it and the actors. Hollywood hit an all time low with this one, which makes one question the criteria. I have rethought choosing movies I view based on so called Oscar worthiness. I regret having seen it.


They should show more thought preview

Welcome to the Monster's Ball...

This movie has got to be one of the most compelling and emotionally driven films of its time...not only did Halle Berry win an academy award rightfully so being the first african american female to win one but it has amazing acting by both Billy Bob Thorton and Heath Ledger...Story of death, deception, family, and love, i'd recommend to ANYONE who has not seen it...and id watch over again with anybody knowing they will love it just as much as i have

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