The Jeffrey Dahmer Files Reviews

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Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
March 17, 2012
Unfortunately, the film lacks any sort of suitable or satisfying entry point for the uninitiated, and might still prove to be a bit obtuse even for those who know what they're getting into.
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
July 11, 2014
Jeff ends up a movie that's not really about anything.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
February 12, 2013
Thompson assembles his footage with an expert's touch, but what his film lacks is its own perspective on these atrocities.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 14, 2013
[It feels] like a late-night cable-news hack job.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
February 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: C
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
February 16, 2013
An art collage project that unnecessarily obscures its sizzle and raison d'Ítre when a more straightforward tack would have worked better.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
July 11, 2014
Quite frankly, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files would have been better if it had a little more meat on its bones.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 12, 2013
It misses the point in a disturbing way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 22, 2013
Pulls off the seemingly impossible feat of making this horrific crime seem dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rebecca Onion
Austin American-Statesman
July 11, 2014
This approach to a true-crime documentary departs significantly from the sensational, and is all the more moving because of it.
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
February 12, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
John Gholson
Movies.com
March 23, 2012
Jeff is one of the greatest serial killer movies ever made - an intimate, sobering look at the ripple effect that someone's aberrant behavior can have on the lives of those they come into contact with.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
February 28, 2013
Different - and chillingly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
March 15, 2013
Chilling and riveting, even if it feels as if there are many questions left unanswered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 27, 2012
...a consistently uneven documentary that could (and should) have been much, much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2012
Achieving an almost trance-like intimacy by paring its array of voices down to the essentials, Chris James Thompson's Jeff stands apart from the true-crime pack.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 14, 2013
Compellingly illuminates how the monsters among us leave more than corpses in their wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
April 3, 2012
Too bloodless for the uninitiated and too remedial for the familiar, but still artful in its own right.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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