One of America's most notorious serial killers was Jeffrey Dahmer, a Wisconsin sex offender whose exploits include murdering and dismembering 15 boys and storing their body parts in his freezer. Dahmer, in turn, was later murdered by an inmate during his incarceration. Jeremy Renner stars in this biographical drama that humanizes the killer to a surprising degree and explores the mental state that caused him to commit such horrific acts.
Netflix Rating: 2.8
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 68%
Critics' score: 68   Audience score: 39   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Jacobson produces a remarkably creepy piece of cinema that disturbs by suggestion, nuance and ambiguity. full review

Robert Koehler, Variety

Renner's performance as Dahmer is unforgettable, deeply absorbing. full review

Tom Sime, Dallas Morning News

The movie should be credited with remembering his victims. full review

Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle

It lets you brush up against the humanity of a psycho, without making him any less psycho. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

It's difficult to feel anything much while watching this movie, beyond mild disturbance or detached pleasure at the acting. full review

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

All the more disquieting for its relatively gore-free allusions to the serial murders, but it falls down in its attempts to humanize its subject.

Megan Turner, New York Post

Suffers from a lack of clarity and audacity that a subject as monstrous and pathetic as Dahmer demands. full review

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

As gamely as the movie tries to make sense of its title character, there remains a huge gap between the film's creepy, clean-cut Dahmer (Jeremy Renner) and fiendish acts that no amount of earnest textbook psychologizing can bridge. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

Ambitious, unsettling psychodrama that takes full, chilling advantage of its rough-around-the-edges, low-budget constraints.

Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
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