Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes: Miniseries (2019)


Critic Consensus: Laced with troubling irony, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes skirts introspection, making it just as illusive as its subject.


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Air date: Jan 24, 2019
Air date: Jan 24, 2019
Air date: Jan 24, 2019
Air date: Jan 24, 2019

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On the 30th anniversary of his Florida execution, CONVERSATIONS WITH A KILLER: THE TED BUNDY TAPES brings the infamously twisted mind of serial killer Ted Bundy into the light for the very first time and invades our psyche in a fresh yet terrifying way through exclusive, never-before-heard interviews from the "Jack the Ripper of the United States," himself. This unique and gripping doc series, directed and executive produced by true crime pioneer Joe Berlinger, focuses on the man whose personality, good looks and social graces defied the serial-killer stereotype, allowing him to hide in plain sight as he committed the brutal sex-crime slayings of more than 30 women before being caught in 1978. While on trial, Bundy received extraordinary adoration from American women, which made his gruesome crimes doubly haunting, even in an era of anything-goes mayhem. Inspired the book of the same name written by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth, the series utilizes over 100 hours of exclusive audio interviews that the two journalists conducted with Bundy on death row in 1980, giving the unique perspective of hearing the killer analyze his own life and motives.

Critic Reviews for Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes Miniseries

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

Joe Berlinger's four-hour Netflix series about Ted Bundy is called Conversations with a Killer, but its dialogues tend to only run one way.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…
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Berlinger plays with the myth of Bundy as a split personality, cutting bewildered testimonials from those who thought the law student was "the kind of man you wanted your sister to marry".

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The series draws its strength precisely from what many have misunderstood as an error that serial killers are perfectly capable of integrating as the neighbor next door. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 28, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately, The Ted Bundy Tapes is like a scientific experiment, resolved on adding to an existing body of knowledge but failing to achieve such an objective. In science, this would be called a negative result, but a result nonetheless.

Feb 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[It] somehow manages to be almost as cruel as it is boring.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Contains audio interviews with the killer, which have been leaving viewers "terrified". I wouldn't go that far, but it is a fascinating look into the killer's mind as well as the societal factors which drove him to commit such evil.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

When your first thought is how much the murderer would have loved to see this day, you know you've got a problem.

Feb 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Conversations with a Killer seems largely unaware of its own obliviousness.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

The experience of watching Conversations With a Killer is characterized by prurience, self-obsession, and, ultimately, a failure to hold to account the men who should have investigated these crimes properly.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The effect is less unnerving than it is aggravating. Ultimately, Conversations with a Killer isn't primed to make a person's skin crawl.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes: Miniseries

The film doesn't seem to care enough about how fragile the whole case against Bundy in Florida was, but it does an excellent job bringing together all pieces of the story into a well-structured and well-edited examination of his twisted mind and crimes, according also to himself.


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