The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Season 1 (2015)

Season 1
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

Critics Consensus

Disturbing themes and an engrossing blend of interviews and dramatizations make The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst a docu-series that merits further pursuit.



Critic Ratings: 42


Audience Score

User Ratings: 584
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Air date: Feb 8, 2015
Air date: Feb 15, 2015
Air date: Feb 22, 2015
Air date: Mar 1, 2015
Air date: Mar 8, 2015
Air date: Mar 15, 2015

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A profile of Robert Durst, the scion of a wealthy New York real-estate family who has been accused of three murders over three decades, but never convicted.

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Critic Reviews for The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (24)

The series marshals the full complement of documentary techniques... to recreate the "life and deaths" of its subject while maintaining a certain cautious detachment.

Mar 13, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

To be truly judged, The Jinx has to be watched in its entirety. But the first two episodes earn it the benefit of the doubt.

Feb 9, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Jinx very much looks like a masterwork of the true crime genre. Its first two chapters establish an iron grip. The final four can't come fast enough.

Feb 9, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Robert Durst comes off here as smart, which also could be seen as calculating. His résumé suggests he has covered some bad road, and while no one would mistake him for a poor little rich boy based on this film, it's easy to understand how he has survived.

Feb 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The Jinx fascinates. Even though I know there's unlikely to be a real period at the end of this story, I'm curious to see where Jarecki puts the ellipsis.

Feb 6, 2015 | Full Review…

What The Jinx does offer is an enormously watchable dissection of human frailty and ego. The series is crisply edited and beautifully paced.

Feb 6, 2015 | Full Review…

The Jinx literally became transcendent in the final half, with each episode ending in such a compelling and unbelievable fashion.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Durst emerges as a slippery, damaged and manipulative figure, and it is hard to tell whether his involvement is driven by a desire to control the story or to surrender to it, to lie or to confess, to be relieved of his fictions or to perpetuate them.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review… of the most jaw-dropping moments in recent television history.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The bizarre and immersive premise, paired with Jarecki's deft handling of the material... makes The Jinx a promisingly twisted journey, particularly for those too young to remember the details of the original cases.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If you have any interest in true-crime stories, I'd imagine The Jinx will satisfy your craving sumptuously. If, like me, you're skeptical of the genre, The Jinx might make you rethink the worthiness of it. Me, I'm now a convert.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

It features all the tropes of the "true crime" format, but takes it to the next level with an unusually elegant narrative and slick editing, elevating a genre that has, more often than not, been defined by risibly low-budget recreations of real crimes.

Sep 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Season 1

  • Sep 27, 2019
    So good. It grabbed a hold from minute 1 and didnt stop. Had to watch it all! Amazing documentary! Superb job!!!!
  • Jul 15, 2019
    Awesome documentary... very solid pacing... excellent ending!
  • Jan 20, 2019
    Intense and scary investigation of several murders presumably committed by New York real estate mogul Robert Durst. The last episode, when we clearly see and hear his inadvertent admissions ("I killed them all") gave me some chills. It also shows how money talk, and if you have millions at your bank account, you have much more chances to get away with several murders. Sad.
  • Sep 25, 2018
    The ending is one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen and elevates the whole series.
  • May 22, 2018
    Absolutely unbelievable from beginning to end. The last moments of the final episode will give you chills.
  • Apr 19, 2018
    one of the best crime docudramas out there. The show keeps us involved, swaying this way then that, never becomes preachy or moralistic and the chief character is full of dark, charismatic menace. I was never sure where i was with him. He is plausible, honest, blunt, emotionless, ruthless and vulnerable. The final minute of the final show, is unexpected and haunting. You will never guess, unless you are stupidly sharp, the final reveal. There is one small clue in an earlier episode but i got this retrospectively. Great viewing, and the story has not ended yet; it is likely to run and run in real life and offer some more shockingly truthful circumstances.
  • Apr 04, 2018
    the first documentary ever that has caught a murder on their own lie. amazing to witness the pathological liar through the episodes with his own lies and then boom! lie exposed at the very last moment. truly remarkable what the team has achieved.
  • Mar 10, 2018
    Thoroughly captivating till the end.
  • Nov 07, 2017
    Just Documentary Gold and unbelievably well edited and directed!!
  • Jul 09, 2017
    excellent. I plan to watch it again. great documentary.

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