I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Season 1 Reviews

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July 1, 2020
These details might seem superfluous, but as many of the series' interview subjects observe, the killer seemed possessed by a desire to desecrate and ruin the domestic solidarity of couples like Oswalt and McNamara.
July 1, 2020
I'll Be Gone in the Dark easily proves to be more striking and powerful than any fictional crime movie.
June 30, 2020
"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" is a compelling, flawed story of true crime and obsession - and its flaws are part of what make it so intriguing.
June 30, 2020
Director Liz Garbus has adapted the book into the year's most fascinating murder documentary series.
June 30, 2020
Not only shows how McNamara put the pieces together to catch the Golden State Killer, but it paints a fascinating portrait of McNamara herself.
June 30, 2020
But its examination of McNamara's life, relationships, burgeoning popularity, and untimely death two years before the publication of the book are what give this new show its specific power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 29, 2020
It pulls you in, yes, but it also reminds you of the ghoulishness at the heart of these fixations on true crime.
June 29, 2020
"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" is more than a true crime documentary, although it succeeds in a terrifyingly brilliant way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 29, 2020
Even if you're among the legion of crime addicts and nonfiction readers who think you know the story inside out, you will find moments in director Liz Garbus's series that will make you gasp nonetheless.
June 29, 2020
Even allowing for the documentary's disruptive digression, I'll Be Gone in the Dark remains immensely powerful.
June 29, 2020
What Garbus achieves is telling the story of a group of women dealing with victimization, with regrets, with fears.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 29, 2020
Oswalt gave director Liz Garbus incredible access to McNamara's files... The final product shows her as a sister, friend, daughter, mother and wife -- and as a flawed human who, like many of us, was drawn to true crime for reasons all her own.
June 27, 2020
It doesn't have all the answers - no one does - but it asks the right questions in the right way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 26, 2020
A mesmerizing blend of two true stories.
June 26, 2020
You come away from this production thinking of McNamara not just as an author, detective, wife, mother, and friend but as a rare individual who was able to treat human experiences as a series of mirrors that she could hold up to each person she met.
June 26, 2020
The docuseries is also a fitting eulogy for McNamara, who didn't live to see justice served but lives on in this dueling narrative of compelling timelines.
June 26, 2020
Just as she had predicted, the power reverts back to the victims' families and survivors, who we see forming a support group thanks to the woman who brought their dark stories into the light.
June 26, 2020
Just shattering, this true-life story.
June 26, 2020
But while the individual components of I'll Be Gone in the Dark can work to remarkable, devastating effect, the sprawl of this approach can find the two stories working against one another as often as they're complementary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 26, 2020
This might be the most unusual and humane true-crime series ever.
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