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.
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.