100

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
It's a triumph of the film that it manages to make Jeffrey Dahmer a human being -- at least a member of the species -- without ever bending toward empathy with or excuses for him.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
To explain a serial killer is to diminish his madness, but Dahmer does something quietly riveting. It lets you brush up against the humanity of a psycho, without making him any less psycho.
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80

Film Threat

By Tim Merrill
Aided enormously by Jeremy Renner, his astonishing lead actor, Jacobson has created something we haven’t seen since “The Silence of the Lambs”: a sensitive, non-exploitative serial killer movie.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The performances are excellent and the filmmaking is remarkably restrained, although moments of perverse violence are necessary to the real-life story being told.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
The whole of it plays like a dark and dreary tone poem, only marginally interested in explaining the ticking, bloody clockwork of the inner beast and only occasionally touching on his fractured humanity.
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50

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
The film - dimly lit and with an ominous soundtrack that verges on overkill - is largely a showcase for the heavy-lidded Renner.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

It succeeds, occasionally.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Renner's performance as Dahmer is unimpeachable, fascinating without being charismatic, and Kayaru's Rodney is a marvel of complicated characterization under difficult circumstances.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A tasteful, intelligent, well-acted film about one of the most ghoulish serial killers in American crime history - and I'm afraid that's a good part of what's wrong with it.
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25

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
So lacking in insight and gravity that it makes Dahmer seem like a pesky, pasty-faced loser who just wasn't popular enough.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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