Charlize Theron gives her finest performance yet in the unlikely role of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in this riveting depiction of the Florida prostitute’s decent into madness. Debut writer/director Patty Jenkins proffers a finely balanced film that gives insight into the conditions, events and personality traits that sent the suicidal Wuornos into the arms of a lesbian lover (Christina Ricci), and then into a killing spree that would leave six men dead. Christina Ricci is commanding as Aileen’s troubled girlfriend Selby Wall, and Bruce Dern does a compelling turn as a secondary character. But it’s Theron who owns the film in an unflinchingly ugly role that demonstrates the actress’s mastery of her craft.
Rated R. 111 Mins. (A) (Five Stars)