100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
As for myself, as Leticia rejoined Hank in the last shot of the movie, I was thinking about her as deeply and urgently as about any movie character I can remember.
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The actors make it unique and unforgettable.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Packs a dramatic wallop that makes it one of the year's best movies.
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88

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Profoundly hopeful and optimistic film.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Hate, love, bigotry, empathy and chance are the uninvited guests at Monster's Ball.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Dark and beautifully directed melodrama about the strange intersection of racism and emotional need.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The kind of film that could easily be undone by its own high-minded ambitions and dissolve in a pall of uplift. But it stays the course and gives the season two of its notable performances.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Halle Berry is something else as Leticia Musgrove, the widow of an inmate who's just been executed by Hank and his crew, and that something else is commandingly passionate.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A traffic map of calls and responses, lessons and homework, wishes and fulfillment. All roads lead to acting-award nominations, but none lead to truth.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
This movie hyperventilates with pessimism to the point of perversity.
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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