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Eric Bana is terrific as Dirty John, so sexy and appealing yet creepy too. He combines those qualities perfectly: you really can believe that when he focuses attention on you, you can hardly resist.
Temple's choice to play her as stuck-up and righteous makes the circumstances of the show both more believable and more interesting.
Viewers might be suckered into wanting to know exactly who this guy is, but the vanilla, passive depiction of his primary victim dulls any empathy for her struggle.
There is some pleasure in watching the inevitable unfold, particularly since the cast is solid. Britton is, as usual, a sympathetic lead, even if her character is written to be shallow.
Where Dirty John is perhaps most revealing is in its understanding of how people's pasts, their traumas, their beliefs and their desires cause them to behave in the strangest ways.
This might only be something that audiences who followed the podcast or were aware of the story Dirty John is based on can fully enjoy. [Full Review in Spanish]
Dirty John may not be quite as gripping as the LA Times podcast, but it's another step in the validation of a medium that is witnessing a golden age.
For a series rooted in fact, Dirty John is strangely flat and artificial. It resembles a cheesy Hallmark Movie of the Week, dragged out to eight hours.
It has the feeling of a photocopy of a photocopy, or a shot-for-shot remake. Fascinating, but hamstrung by our changing relationship with truth and fiction.
For all the sensational elements of this story, it's a realistic and empathetic look at abuse, manipulation, and courage.
Audience Reviews for Dirty John: The John Meehan Story
Jun 01, 2021Not horrible, not great. Julia Garner plays her part as if her character were 14 years-old.
Aug 18, 2020I think it was great. Actors and actresses did a terrific job. It's very interesting, very tense and I got hooked up straight from the first episode.
Jul 17, 2020It's difficult for me to like a TV show. It has to be well written and has to be entertaining. The reality aspect of the show was spot on It has great twists throughout the entire show, very entertaining and well played.
Jun 29, 2020Julia was brilliant in Ozark, but lacklustre in DJ. Directing, script, & camerawork of DJ are not excellent. Debra is played poorly.
Jun 13, 2020interesting story...
May 07, 2020Great topic and one that needs to be discussed more often. As a survivor of narcissistic abuse I am baffled that not one single reference was made to John's psychosis/psychological condition- A NARCISSISTIC, ANTI-SOCIAL, PSYCHOPATH. Just go ahead and say it Hollywood!! It's almost as if they tried to romanticize his disgusting, parasitic behavior, and at the same time make the woman come off as plain stupid and desperate. Really? An intelligent, successful, go getter - that friggin stupid? Lies. I know she fought back, argued, cried, and broke things. Who wrote her part? Get rid of him. Her character was not believable, but the circumstances she went through were very much so. The producer / director could have focused more on the emotional pain and psychological torment she surely went through dealing with this predator. Instead, they played around with the topic, over sensationalizing the romance. There were also some really long drawn out ridiculous scenes about a bunch of nothing that turned me off. I think the director did an awful job casting those 2 annoying sisters with those horrible high pitch squeeky voices. It drove me absolutely crazy to the point where I cursed them out from the sofa. I nearly stopped watching because of how irritating they both are and sound in this series. I absolutely adore Julie Garner in Ozark. She is my number one character in that show so I do not know why I hated her in this series. Maybe the film makers forced her to speak in a ridiculous voice in this series, but no way. It's just bad, worst than your worst valley girl bad. Deep in this series is an incredible story and it was told well at times - however, there's a lot of senseless fluff throughout the episodes subtracting from what could have be an informative, powerful series. It's obvious the people in control of this story are not well connected to this topic / issue. You can feel the disconnect in the lay out. More people should be aware of this insidious, very difficult to describe type of narcissistic abuse. It should be a crime to scheme, plot on, hi-jack, and financially, emotionally & psychologically abuse an intimate parter. I hope one day there will be laws established to lock people like Dirty John up long before they cause so much damage. I took 2 stars off for the dumb scenes that made no sense at all & for forcing me to endure the sisters voices. The older sister was just horrible to look at and listen too - unbearable, self-centered, boring, over the top, bad acting. And htf was the mother walking down the hospital hall in slow motion, blond hair flowing, skin glowing when she should have been breaking down doors, crying & holding her snot to get to her child after the incident toward the end?? It was stupid scenes like this one that made me very suspicious about the filmmakers. My 4 yo can cast a better group for a series about narcissistic abuse. How could 2 great female actresses do so poorly in this series?? And the guy playing Dirty John was so ugly to me. He has this strange sunken mouth that doesn't fit the rest of his face - like a reptilian. He did an excellent job manifesting an abuser - very scary & convincing. He had the perfect look for creepy abuser & held this series together. It was a plus to look back into John's childhood & the scenes when he met this woman. It shows us how heartless monsters are created & released into society with express intent to hurt others. We have to do better. It starts at home.
Apr 11, 2020Stetched out waaaay too long.
Mar 22, 2020Quite enjoyed it, well filmed and great cast! Looking forward to season 2
Feb 23, 2020I honestly think this was a solid show. It's insane as a man to think there are other men out there that are this insane and "stalkerish." A good plot overall and I would have given this a higher rating, BUT...The ending wasn't that great. Predictable and not much excitement but since it's based off a true story, I guess the producers couldn't do much about it. It kept me engaged the entire time and I did think it was a good show overall. It's definitely an eye opener to how crazy some people can be!
Feb 10, 2020Sad story, terribly adapted to a series. Poor writing with normally talented actors who were awkward and unbelievable.