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Monster's Ball

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Monster's Ball

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
111 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/26/01
Wide Release Date:
01/25/02
performer:
Halle Berry, Heath Ledger, Billy Bob Thornton, Peter Boyle, Sean P. Diddy Combs, Mos Def
director:
Marc Forster
distributor:
Lions Gate Films
author:
Milo Addica, Will Rokos
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B-

This earnest, high-minded, and atmospheric drama about a Southern white prison guard who falls in love with the widow of a black inmate he helped put to death may set off smoke detectors for its fumes of preciousness: The melodrama is diagrammatic, a traffic map of calls and responses, wishes and fulfillment. All roads may lead to award nominations for Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry — they act their pants off — but none lead to truth. B-