Dahmer Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 12, 2002
This film was made by and for those folks who collect the serial killer cards and are fascinated by the mere suggestion of serial killers. For the rest of us, sitting through Dahmer's two hours amounts to little more than punishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 9, 2002
It's not that "Dahmer" was a bad film, which it certainly wasn't, but it was a pointless one that was more unsettling than informative or penetrating.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
October 18, 2002
Since Dahmer resorts to standard slasher flick thrills when it should be most in the mind of the killer, it misses a major opportunity to be truly revelatory about his psyche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 21, 2002
As gamely as the movie tries to make sense of its title character, there remains a huge gap between the film's creepy, clean-cut Dahmer (Jeremy Renner) and fiendish acts that no amount of earnest textbook psychologizing can bridge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 11, 2002
It's difficult to feel anything much while watching this movie, beyond mild disturbance or detached pleasure at the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2004
A little too boring, when you think about the subject.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
November 24, 2002
Does what should seem impossible: it makes serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
June 21, 2002
All the more disquieting for its relatively gore-free allusions to the serial murders, but it falls down in its attempts to humanize its subject.
| Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 22, 2003
A story which fails to rise above its disgusting source material.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 21, 2002
While Jacobson doesn't excuse Dahmer's horrific actions ... he always goes for empathy with the character, and sometimes comes unforgivably close to presenting Dahmer as a kind of gay transgressive icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2002
Suffers from a lack of clarity and audacity that a subject as monstrous and pathetic as Dahmer demands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 9, 2002
It's a hellish, numbing experience to watch, and it doesn't offer any insights that haven't been thoroughly debated in the media already, back in the Dahmer heyday of the mid-'90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 11, 2003
Worth a look, if only for Renner's complex performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 17, 2002
Renner carries much of the film with a creepy and dead-on performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
November 29, 2002
Director David Jacobson gives Dahmer a consideration that the murderer never game his victims.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
June 19, 2002
Jacobson produces a remarkably creepy piece of cinema that disturbs by suggestion, nuance and ambiguity.
August 11, 2002
It's shocking, intense, and totally creepy, yet compelling and sad. Jeremy Renner gives a career-making performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 8, 2003
A chilling movie without oppressive gore.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
September 6, 2002
Writer-director David Jacobson and his star, Jeremy Renner, have made a remarkable film that explores the monster's psychology not in order to excuse him but rather to demonstrate that his pathology evolved from human impulses that grew hideously twisted.
November 29, 2002
Renner?s face is chillingly unemotive, yet he communicates a great deal in his performance. See it for his performance if nothing else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Houston Chronicle
August 24, 2002

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 24, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 25, 2003
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