Charlize Theron gives the performance of her career here and received a well deserved Oscar for it. Theron plays Wournos with a certain humanity that balances out the psychotic and paints a tragic tale of who would be labeled as the first female serial killer in America.
An astonishing performance from Charlize Theron in a taut character study based on a true story. Like 'Dead Man Walking', the spectator is challenged to empathise with a serial killer. Wuornos has a much more understandable rationale for her crimes than Poncelet. Theron's bravery to fully inhabit her psyche and tackle the cruelties of female exploitation is remarkable.
Charlize Theron is terrific in this role... just so deserving of the Oscar she won.
The movie is fearless, shocking, sad. A real punch in the stomach.
One of my all time performances by an actress in a movie.
The soundtrack almost destroys the film. It would be like John Williams scoring a Bergman film. Lame.
The story is devastating. It may only be "based" on the true story, but it is still an honest portrayal of poverty and sexual trauma - with the final solution, of course, being the death penalty - which is a superb method of rehabilitation.
A devastating performance from Theron, paired with the beautifully tragic (fictionalized factual) story and gorgeous cinematography makes for an incredible little film. Everything from the eerily accurate performance of Wuornos and the immaculate production design is an example of filmmaking at its most powerful. Ultimately, it is sad and brutal, but has its moments of real tenderness and compassion too.