7.3/10
125,849
553 user 192 critic

Monster (2003)

Trailer
2:15 | Trailer

Watch for Free

on IMDb TV

ON DISC
ALL
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director:

Patty Jenkins

Writer:

Patty Jenkins
Reviews
Popularity
1,401 ( 530)

Charlize Theron: Movie & TV Moments

Charlize Theron won an Oscar for her performance as Aileen Wuornos in Monster, but what are some of her other award-worthy performances?

Watch now

Won 1 Oscar. Another 29 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce
Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard
North Country (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States, Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.

Director: Niki Caro
Stars: Charlize Theron, Jeremy Renner, Frances McDormand
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson
Young Adult (2011)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt
Tully (2018)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A struggling mother of three forms an unexpected bond with the night nanny hired to help with her newborn baby.

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job at a high-end New York City law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron
Misery (1990)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Director: Paul Haggis
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jonathan Tucker
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960s.

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Director: David Leitch
Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Changeling (2008)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Aileen
Christina Ricci ... Selby
Bruce Dern ... Thomas
Lee Tergesen ... Vincent Corey
Annie Corley ... Donna
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Gene / Stuttering "John"
Marco St. John ... Evan / Undercover "John"
Marc Macaulay ... Will / Daddy "John"
Scott Wilson ... Horton / Last "John"
Rus Blackwell ... Cop
Tim Ware ... Chuck
Stephan Jones ... Lawyer
Brett Rice ... Charles
Kaitlin Riley Kaitlin Riley ... Teenage Aileen
Cree Ivey Cree Ivey ... 7-Year-Old Aileen
Edit

Storyline

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The first female serial killer of America See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sexual content, and for pervasive language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,831, 28 December 2003

Gross USA:

$34,469,210

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,469,210
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Aileen Wuornos used a storage facility, like the one seen after she leaves Selby's house the morning, after they first met. Although it's shown only before the killing spree, she actually kept some of her victims' belongings there. She sold others to pawn shops, which eventually led to her thumbprint identification and subsequent arrest. See more »

Goofs

Aileen comes back to the motel and finds Selby cutting off her cast in the bathroom. A can of beer is on the dresser in front of the mirror, and the lamp on the table is on. When they leave the bathroom, the beer is gone and the light is off. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[narrating]
Aileen: I always wanted to be in the movies.
[pause]
Aileen: When I was little I thought for sure that one day, I could be a big, big star. Or maybe just beautiful... beautiful and rich, like the women on TV. Yeah, I had a lot of dreams. And I guess you can call me a real romantic, because I truly believe that one day, they'll come true. So I dreamed about it for hours. As the years went by, I learnt to stop sharing them with people. They said I was dreaming. But back then, I believed it...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.22 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Lemon Balm and Chamomile
(uncredited)
Written by BT
Performed by BT featuring Che Malcolm
[Played when Aileen's using a public restroom.]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
How can you show any humanity if nobody has ever shown you any?
17 February 2015 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This film starts just as homeless prostitute Aileen Wuornos is going to kill herself with a gun she ironically keeps for protection, but first she wants to buy a drink with the few dollars she has left in her pockets because she doesn't want anybody to get for free what she worked so hard to get. So she goes down the hill to a gay bar to get her last drink where she meets Selby. Selby is sexually attracted to Aileen, who at first gives her a fierce rebuff. But then Selby tells her a little about her story - how her family is trying to "reform her" from being gay - and Aileen accepts at least some friendship from her, and changes her mind about suicide.

The friendship grows to mutual sexual attraction, and Aileen and Selby run off and move into a motel. Aileen intends to go straight, dresses up for interviews, and gets turned down by everyone. Selby's affection turns to impatience and ultimately angry manipulation as she uses Aileen's attachment to her to get her to go back into prostitution so that they can go out and have a good time. Aileen ultimately gives in, and that's when she meets up with convicted rapist Richard Mallory, whom she claimed to kill in self defense. That is the scenario the movie shows. From that point forward something in Aileen just snaps and she sees every john as a rapist worthy of death, even the ones she had to cajole into accepting her services using sob stories of fictitious hungry children.

The movie is grim and if you read the headlines at all during the late 80s and early 90s you know the story, but just let me say that for once the Academy got it right by giving Charlize Theron Best Actress Oscar. If you've ever seen the actual Aileen Wuornos captured on film, somehow the beautiful Theron got her down even to the wild look she'd get in her eyes - the look of an animal caged.

The movie didn't go too much into the real Aileen Wuornos' past, but all I can say is that she never had a chance given what I read. Born to a teenage girl and a schizophrenic criminal father, abandoned to be raised by grandparents who didn't want to be burdened with her or her brother, and then thrown out of the house by her grandfather after her grandmother's death when she was 15, nobody ever treated her like a human being. I'd like to think the title of this film - Monster - is the ultimate in sarcasm, because what else could Aileeen Wuornos ever have become but a monster given that all she had ever known from other human beings was monstrous treatment.

Highly recommended but very depressing.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 553 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed