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Monster (2019)



Critic Consensus: Monster would have benefited from a less heavy-handed approach, but Kelvin Harrison Jr.'s performance gives this timely drama emotional heft.

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Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.


Kelvin Harrison Jr.
as Steve Harmon
Jennifer Ehle
as Katherine O'Brien
Tim Blake Nelson
as Leroy Sawicki
as Raymond Green
ASAP Rocky
as William King
Jennifer Hudson
as Mrs. Harmon
Jeffrey Wright
as Mr. Harmon
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Critic Reviews for Monster

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (20)

Three years is a long time, especially these days, but even in 2018, reviews of the film balked at its gloominess and distracting filmmaking. It has not aged well.

May 12, 2021 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Despite some shortcomings though, "Monster" remains a worthy watch if just for Harrison's performance.

May 11, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's harrowing in its believability alone. If only it were a better movie.

May 11, 2021 | Full Review…

The film arrives with a timely theme and a cast whose stock has soared in the intervening time, making this one for the time capsule if nothing else... It's just that the movie adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

May 10, 2021 | Full Review…
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The film attempts to discuss race and identity politics and the way young Black men are perceived by the system, but its point is constantly obscured by the path it takes to get there.

May 8, 2021 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Some American critics have complained that this distances us from the film's emotional core, but with a genre that's as ancient and overdone as the courtroom drama this acknowledgment of storytelling mechanisms seems smart and long overdue.

May 8, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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