I liked Monster's Ball, liked the pacing, liked the artificial laidbackness. I rarely believed it, though. The acting of the two leads is exemplary, like the rest of the movie, and they overcome some rather astonishing melodramatic plotting. The acting of Puffy is something less than exemplary, it must be said. As many critics have noted, Halle Berry does a fine job but it's nearly impossible for her to overcome her great looks. For history's sake, I'm glad she got the Oscar, but Renee Zellweger did a better job. Seven on a scale of ten.