The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013)



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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 ordinary man leading an ordinary existence. (c) Official Site
Documentary , Special Interest
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Andrew Swant
as Jeffrey Dahmer
Ryan Glass
as Fish Store Owner
Jennie Greenlee
as Hardware Store Employee
Candace Cherry
as Bus person
Brenda Bowen Avant
as Bus Rider with baby
Jason Kripps
as Security Camera Installer #2
Jamaal Robinson
as Bus Rider #2
Dick Blau
as Optometrist
Patrick Connelly
as Grocery Store Employee
L. Dugan Nichols
as Barrel Employee #1
Penny Zaworski
as Optical Shop Owner
Biju Zimmerman
as Barrel Employee #2
Mark Borchardt
as Man with glasses
Matt Brush
as Liquor Store Employee
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Critic Reviews for The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11)

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.

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

Audience Reviews for The Jeffrey Dahmer Files


Dull, uninsightful. I hate coming down on it because of the interviews with real people, but there are too few interviews, the presentation is awful, but worst of all there is no insight in this documentary. It's not even creepy despite the horrific material. How did they make Dahmer boring!?

Robert I (Master of All Movies)
Robert I (Master of All Movies)

An incredibly well made documentary about one of America's most infamous serial killers. Not only do the three interviewees have extremely interesting stories to tell, the narrative is filmed in such a chilling way that it is the most disturbing form of simple film-making I have ever seen. This documentary makes the story of Dahmer feel even more gruesome by leaving many things up to the viewer's imagination, even though the story is well known.

Aaron Bartuska
Aaron Bartuska

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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