Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer Reviews

November 28, 2018
A deeply fascinating follow-up because of how much of Wuornos' story is changed from one film to the next, as well as for its moving consideration of the complex and often unbalanced relationship between documentarian and subject.
September 8, 2014
The most intense depiction of the complicated relationship between documentary filmmaker and subject of all time.
December 30, 2006
December 6, 2005
January 31, 2005
Alm de investigar com maior profundidade as origens da violncia de Aileen, o documentrio ainda comprova a perfeio da performance de Charlize Theron em Monster.
May 25, 2004
Broomfield's misplaced exasperation is almost poignant.
May 21, 2004
The film stands quite chillingly as a final statement from a woman trying to fight her own commodification.
May 4, 2004
Aileen is, if anything, a scathing indictment against the death penalty and its proponents, keeping with the concept that all life is precious.
May 2, 2004
[Broomfield's] least exploitative, most personal work to date
April 23, 2004
Not even Charlize Theron's lauded portrayal of the accused can compete with the captivating genuine article, whose calculated professions of remorse barely conceal her festering rage at a lifetime of mistreatment.
April 23, 2004
A haunting exploration of a ruined and wasted life.
April 21, 2004
Though unpleasant to watch, Life and Death of a Serial Killer presents a portrait of evil, betrayal and banality that's almost impossible to take your eyes off of.
April 9, 2004
While I prefer more even-handed approaches to documentary film, there’s no denying the power of the footage, particularly that featuring [Aileen] Wuornos.
April 9, 2004
This compassionate documentary should be of strong interest to viewers of the previous Wuornos film or the current Monster.
April 8, 2004
It's clear Theron didn't so much resemble [Wuornos] as she did channel her deeply tormented soul, in a way that Broomfield never manages to do.
April 2, 2004
The filmmaker misses too many opportunities by focusing too much on himself.
April 2, 2004
Even as Broomfield inserts himself (as usual) into the narrative, Wuornos grabs the spotlight with all of her wild-eyed fury.
March 23, 2004
As much about the culture that produces and fears, consumes and condemns, an Aileen Wuornos as it is about Aileen Wuornos.
March 12, 2004
Broomfield, who keeps himself in the frame as he investigates, tells the story with the panache of a pulp true-crime author.
March 4, 2004
Just as Broomfield's latest points a harsh light on those who profited from her death, so too does he stray into their territory, giving a broken woman one final humiliation.