Aileen - Life and Death of a Serial Killer
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Nonfiction filmmaker Nick Broomfield and his frequent collaborator Joan Churchill return to the subject of an earlier film, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, for Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer. Twelve years after the first film was made, Wuornos was still in contact with Broomfield from her cell on death row, and he was called as a witness in her final death penalty appeal before the state. Clips of the earlier film were used by defense lawyers to help make the case that Wuornos' lawyer during sentencing, Steven Glaser, was incompetent. Footage used in court shows… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"The film stands quite chillingly as a final statement from a woman trying to fight her own commodification."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Engrossing, educational, amusing and disturbing."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The most intense depiction of the complicated relationship between documentary filmmaker and subject of all time."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Nonfics
"Aileen is, if anything, a scathing indictment against the death penalty and its proponents, keeping with the concept that all life is precious."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"A haunting exploration of a ruined and wasted life."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Provides an opportunity to study one of history's supposed anomalies: a female serial killer."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Além de investigar com maior profundidade as origens da violência de Aileen, o documentário ainda comprova a perfeição da performance de Charlize Theron em Monster."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"[Broomfield's] least exploitative, most personal work to date"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"While I prefer more even-handed approaches to documentary film, there’s no denying the power of the footage, particularly that featuring [Aileen] Wuornos."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"[T]his movie literally gave me the chills."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Does afford a real-life view of Wuornos during the days of her final appeal and her ultimate date with death."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Broomfield's misplaced exasperation is almost poignant."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"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."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"This compassionate documentary should be of strong interest to viewers of the previous Wuornos film or the current Monster."
‑ Kent Turner,
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