• Released
  • February 15, 2013
  • 1 hr 16 min
  • Documentary
The Jeffrey Dahmer Files Synopsis
The film explores Milwaukee by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his murder spree.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Jeffrey Dahmer Files is for hardcore Dahmer obsessives only.
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Los Angeles Times

By Mark Olsen
Far from closing the case, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files opens up a whole new perspective, acknowledging the banal and the baffling.
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San Francisco Chronicle

In the end, the filmmakers don't reveal a lot of new insights into Dahmer's character, or answer questions about how all these murders went...
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Slant Magazine

Teasing out a subversive portrait of a complex and rather subdued monster, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files unfolds with the same meticulousness...
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
If the film’s spare re-enactments are a little awkward, they also smartly repurpose Dahmer’s studied reserve into a meditation on...
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
One gets the feeling that Thompson left a lot on the table with The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, that it could have been something more, something...
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Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Thompson assembles his footage with an expert's touch, but what his film lacks is its own perspective on these atrocities.
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The Playlist

By Drew Taylor
Quite frankly, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files would have been better if it had a little more meat on its bones.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
All of that ends up making this movie — originally titled “Jeff,” in a telling bit of overpersonalization — feel like a late-night...
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The whole film seems dead set against offering up any kind of salaciousness. Like the overly arty "Zoo" and other indie experiments, it...
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