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The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

64%
Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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User Ratings: 426

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Movie Info

In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. 'Jeff' explores the city of Milwaukee by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer's life, working collectively to disassemble the facade of an … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 23, 2013
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (9)

Pulls off the seemingly impossible feat of making this horrific crime seem dull.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Different - and chillingly effective.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Mesmerizing and haunting, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" is an inside-out serial killer movie, lacking in gore or cheap psychology and made in part for those who think they never want to see another serial killer movie.

Full Review… | February 22, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Compellingly illuminates how the monsters among us leave more than corpses in their wake.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

[It feels] like a late-night cable-news hack job.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

For hardcore Dahmer obsessives only.

Full Review… | February 13, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Thompson does a commendable job of making his points without overstaying his welcome. Given a bigger budget and better resources, it would be very interesting to see his take on some other controversial cases.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This approach to a true-crime documentary departs significantly from the sensational, and is all the more moving because of it.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
Austin American-Statesman

Thompson's intention is not to explain the nature of evil but show how it contaminates the rest of us.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
The Grid

Quite frankly, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files would have been better if it had a little more meat on its bones.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
The Playlist

Jeff ends up a movie that's not really about anything.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
Badass Digest

Thompson's film is something really different, a film as polite and as unnerving as its subject, one that burrows down deep into your imagination and stays there.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Chilling and riveting, even if it feels as if there are many questions left unanswered.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
Times-Picayune

Thompson accepts quite a burden of informational responsibility, only to generate an aimless, tedious picture that's part documentary, part re-creation, and mostly unenlightening.

Full Review… | February 27, 2013
Blu-ray.com

An art collage project that unnecessarily obscures its sizzle and raison d'être when a more straightforward tack would have worked better.

Full Review… | February 16, 2013
Shared Darkness

Teasing out a subversive portrait of a complex and rather subdued monster, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files unfolds with the same meticulousness exemplified by the eponymous serial killer.

Full Review… | February 12, 2013
Slant Magazine

...a consistently uneven documentary that could (and should) have been much, much better.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

Interesting experimental documentary about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer uses recreation and archival footage to tell the events of the capture of the depraved killer. Although not very long, The Jeffrey Dahmer Profile is an interesting film, and it is one that is shocking from start to finish because Dahmer's crimes were despicable. The cast do a good job in the reaction parts, and some of the footage used, is quite disturbing, but necessary in order to tell a broad story of Dahmer's crimes. Viewers interested in the subject will surely find this a fascinating viewing experience, and one that you won't forget. The Jeffrey Dahmer Profile is not for everyone, but to those interested in the subject, this is a must watch. As a documentary, the film works well, but it's far from be8ing a standout in the genre. I would say that this is a good movie, but considering its run time, it doesn't really go in depth about the subject of Dahmer. Fo9r a short film, it gives you an idea of what happened, but it does feel a little light. The recreations are well done, and work well, but a straight forward documentary would have been better. Since this one recreates most of the events for the duration of the film, I think that this film could have benefited from a more realistic approach to9 the events by documenting the facts with actual interviews from those involved in the case. The film works to a certain degree, but in the long run it could have been a much better movie as well. As it is, it's good, but it could have been better as well.

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