Monster’s not the gore-fest some make it out to be – unless the words ‘based on a true story’ set your teeth on edge. It’s okay as a non-judgemental biopic of a serial killer whose decline – nasty die, then naughty, then good – seems too steady. Theron’s Oscar winning ugly is no substitute for fully realised characterisation.
A watchable 7.5 out of 10
(PS After seeing Nick Broomfield’s Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer, I realise I’ve been harsh on Theron. 14/6/4)