The Confession Killer: Season 1 Reviews

February 10, 2020
...a fascinating sideways examination of a particularly American hunger for fame, no matter what kind it is.
January 19, 2020
It's a frank portrayal of law enforcement at its most fascinating and frustrating, with players bucking up against the thin blue line, sometimes from within the criminal justice system.
December 25, 2019
It is a compelling and incredulous story that wraps you around its dirty little finger. You won't be disheartened you watched, only that this story existed in the first place.
December 17, 2019
If The Confession Killer was simply intended to be a series about's a mediocre one at best. But if it's actually a sly jab at us and our obsession with reheating gruesome deaths, then perhaps it's Netflix's smartest true crime saga of them all.
December 17, 2019
Well-built and devastating, The Confession Killer exposes a piece of the dirty underbelly of our criminal justice system, how there can be lawlessness in pursuit of justice, and the invented difficulty of that pursuit in face of convenience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 17, 2019
[I]t is well paced and unravels in an engrossing, almost cinematic, way.
December 13, 2019
For true crime devotees, watching the five-part series will do more than hit the spot. Throughout the first four episodes in particular, [It] has so many twists and turns that it is slightly hard to keep up with Henry Lee Lucas's unraveling fate.
December 11, 2019
Without the accompanying archive videos, the whole series would be a rather dry collection of taking heads. That said, it is quite dry already. A handsomely made series, yes, but one that meanders in redundancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2019
The compelling series lays out a disturbing case of justice gone wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 9, 2019
In Confession Killer, [Robert] Kenner methodically lays out the faults in the system, taking no prisoners.
December 9, 2019
"The Confession Killer," co-directed by Robert Kenner and Taki Oldham, will leave you amazed, appalled and aggrieved.
December 6, 2019
Lucas' story is a testament to the disaster that can follow when police seek easy answers, in this case taking the claims of a conman as a quick way out of stalled detective work.
December 6, 2019
The Confession Killer has an interesting enough topic to hold a viewer's interest.
December 6, 2019
What makes the Lucas case special -- and gives such heft to this five-part documentary by Robert Kenner and Taki Oldham -- is not just how the killer played the system, but how willingly, even insistently, the system played along.
December 5, 2019
Netflix has quite the algorithmic hit with this series: it's like Mindhunter and The Confession Tapes more obviously, but it's also like Stranger Things.
December 3, 2019
It's well-constructed and a quick watch.
December 3, 2019
[It] isn't just about a charlatan and cops collaborating in a you-scratch-my-back, I'll-scratch-yours scheme-it's about the ugliness of individuals, and systems, prioritizing their own interests ahead of the public good.