The Jeffrey Dahmer Files Reviews

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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
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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
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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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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
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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
Salon.com
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.
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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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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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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
Variety
April 3, 2012
Too bloodless for the uninitiated and too remedial for the familiar, but still artful in its own right.