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  1. JamesP.
    Feb 19, 2004
    9
    Aileen: Stunning, frightening, mesmerizing, heartbreaking. A devastating condemnation of capital punishment and the circus that surrounds it, and on a larger scale, of how our society fails its children. This is an extraordinary movie, although not an upbeat one. A must-see for those who saw and liked Monster. You will recognize the same mannerisms imitated (and exaggerated) by Charlisse Aileen: Stunning, frightening, mesmerizing, heartbreaking. A devastating condemnation of capital punishment and the circus that surrounds it, and on a larger scale, of how our society fails its children. This is an extraordinary movie, although not an upbeat one. A must-see for those who saw and liked Monster. You will recognize the same mannerisms imitated (and exaggerated) by Charlisse Thereon. I was especially struck by Aileen Wuornos? quick smile, which displayed not joy but the thinly masked pain of a broken heart. Expand
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71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

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  1. The most damning account of the failure of the criminal justice system in America anyone is ever likely to see.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    60
    It's the interviews with Aileen herself that steal the show as she insists her mind is being controlled by radio waves -- her Mad Hatter personality beyond the scope of Broomfield's disingenuous tone to interpret.
  3. 60
    Broomfield's investigatory technique remains a frustrating pileup of unfocused Q&As and misplaced credulity. But when Broomfield travels to her Michigan hometown, he pieces together a life blighted at breech-birth: a grotesque of abandonment, incest, physical and sexual abuse, pregnancy at 13, and homelessness.