Movie: Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer

Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer
Studio: Lantern Lane Entertainment
Release Date: 2004-04-23
Cast: Nick Broomfield
WorkNameSort: Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer
Our Rating: 4.00

A useful supplement to the watershed drama "Monster," Nick Broomfield's documentary about the final days of condemned murderer Aileen Wuornos fills in the gaps of her lifelong descent from one level of hell to another. All the usual Broomfieldian tics are here, from the willy-nilly pacing of the investigative segments to the laconic, oddly emphasized narration. But there's meta-absurdity in seeing the filmmaker forced to testify on Wuornos' behalf (his first doc about her was considered relevant evidence), and 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. Most tragic is the realization that, up until her last hours, Wuornos was still capable of identifying Broomfield as a supporter and feeling guilty that she hadn't rewarded him properly for it. I know plenty of "sane" people who can't manage that kind of clarity, so I'll be damned if I let anything Wuornos did stop me from weeping over its loss.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.