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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-

Monster's Ball
type
  • Movie
mpaa
runtime
  • 111 minutes
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