I couldn't find any official review thread for this movie... Two fo the best performances of the year help hide the fact that there isn't much of a story here. This movie somewhat reminds me of the the quote (I can't remember who it was, "There is no there there". [/b]Monster's Ball[/b] is about two people searching for meaning, companionship, and eventually each other when life seems to throw them nothing but curveballs and beanballs. Unfortunatley, although the troubles are dramatic and major and add to the emotional capital of the characers, the struggle to escape them is not particularly daunting. However, while the movies narrative may not be particularly compelling, the performances of Billy Bob Thorton and especially Halle Berry are so strong, that i recommend the movie. These are must see performances that carry the movie through it's somewhat mundane story. The supporting cast, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle, Sean Coombs are also very good. Berry is definitely worthy of award season recognition that shuold come her way. This movie is finding it's way to the top of a lot of Critic's 2001 Top 10 lists. I am not quite that optimistic, but still give it out of based on the overwhelmingly compelling performances of Berry and Thorton.