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      Monster in a Box

      PG-13 1991 1h 28m Comedy Drama List
      93% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 88% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Monologuist Spalding Gray talks about the great difficulties he experienced while attempting to write his first novel, a nearly 2,000-page autobiographical tome concerning the death of his mother. Among his many asides, Gray discusses his problems in dealing with the Hollywood film industry, recounts the trips he took around the world in order to avoid dealing with his writer's block and describes his ambivalence about acting as stage manager for a Broadway production of "Our Town." Read More Read Less

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      Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader ...his powers as a writer and performer certainly hold one's attention. Incidentally, more than five dozen names appear in the credits of this one-man show. Oct 5, 2019 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Rated: 3/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Gray's Monster in a Box, like his earlier Swimming to Cambodia, is a filmed monologue augmented by music, subtle lighting changes, and what dramatic interest, suspense and humor he can create with the sound of his own voice. Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com Rated: 3/5 Nov 14, 2007 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Rated: 4.5/5 Jan 4, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 13, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Another great Spalding Gray monologue presented as a film. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Too much Spalding Gray. Considering this is a movie about Spalding Gray, perhaps this should not come as any great shock. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member R.I.P. Spalding Gray. Nick Broomfield films tortured artists like nobody else. You know it's true. Gray's monologue + Laurie Anderson's very 1992 soundtrack is heartbreaking. I dare any serious fan of Spalding Gray's genius not to tear up a bit. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member 115th Movie of 2010 (rewatch) Seriously one of my top five favorite films. I like to watch this movie every five or so years, so it always stays fresh. For me, Monster in a Box is the equivalent of comfort food in movie form. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Spalding Gray crafts a nice follow-up to SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA, and Nick Broomfield does a nice job serving the material by basically doing what Jonathan Demme did the first time. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Often hilarious, often cynical, but always thoughtful and thought-provoking monologue from lovable, neurotic, paranoid storyteller extraordinaire Spalding Gray Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Monologuist Spalding Gray talks about the great difficulties he experienced while attempting to write his first novel, a nearly 2,000-page autobiographical tome concerning the death of his mother. Among his many asides, Gray discusses his problems in dealing with the Hollywood film industry, recounts the trips he took around the world in order to avoid dealing with his writer's block and describes his ambivalence about acting as stage manager for a Broadway production of "Our Town."
      Director
      Nick Broomfield
      Producer
      Jon Blair
      Production Co
      Channel Four Films
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Nov 28, 2006
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $299.5K
      Runtime
      1h 28m
      Sound Mix
      Stereo, Surround