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Based on 23 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Shocking and indispensable viewing. show more

  • 75
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Sometimes demure, sometimes funny and other times flat-out crazed, Wuornos was effusive and confrontational when Broomfield filmed her just before her 2002 execution in Florida. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The filmmaker's ego and ethics aside, there's no denying the power of Wuornos' behavior here. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The most damning account of the failure of the criminal justice system in America anyone is ever likely to see. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    In addition to its own merits as a social and cultural document, Broomfield's film continues the welcome trend of more and more nonfiction movies finding their way to theater screens and attracting wide general audiences. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    No one should have to endure the life that Aileen Wuornos led, and we leave the movie believing that if someone, somehow, had been able to help that little girl, her seven victims would never have died. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Never buys into Wuornos' bizarre claims or questions her guilt in the murders. It does, however, make a powerful argument against capital punishment, no matter which side of the debate you happen to take. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Aileen is Broomfield working compassionately. Perhaps it's only because he knows he can't save Wuornos that he can offer her as she might have been: part wounded animal, part self-destructive martyr, and all tragedy. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Though one can question the movie's quality as a documentary -- Broomfield is a dogged but often annoying interviewer, and Churchill's photography is sometimes slapdash -- Aileen raises such troubling issues that it stays, hellishly, in your mind. show more

  • 63
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    A sobering, if exploitative, portrait of the real-life hitchhiking hooker portrayed so realistically by Charlize Theron in "Monster." show more

  • February 19, 2010 loremikshe
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    I saw this film and this woman never had a chance. I know she lied about a lot of ************* in her life, but half truths can be seen in her lies. One has to think that sometimes some women never have a chance, her story represents the insightful example.

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