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The Jeffrey Dahmer Files Reviews

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Jason Buchanan
TV 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
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.
Jason Anderson
The Grid
July 11, 2014
Thompson's intention is not to explain the nature of evil but show how it contaminates the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
March 15, 2013
Chilling and riveting, even if it feels as if there are many questions left unanswered.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
February 28, 2013
Different - and chillingly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
Emanuel Levy
February 15, 2013
Read More | Original Score: B-
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 13, 2013
For hardcore Dahmer obsessives only.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew O'Hehir
February 12, 2013
I'm not sure that director and co-writer Chris James Thompson's film sheds any new light on why Dahmer committed his crimes, but I'm also not sure that anything is gained by trying to look too deeply into such a disordered personality.
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
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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Peter Debruge
April 3, 2012
Too bloodless for the uninitiated and too remedial for the familiar, but still artful in its own right.
John Gholson
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.
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+
Devin Faraci
July 11, 2014
Jeff ends up a movie that's not really about anything.
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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
Brian Orndorf
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
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