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A low-key glimpse into the life and crimes of one of history's most notorious serial killers, Dahmer doesn't concern itself with the gruesome nature of its protagonist's horrific crimes, but rather the troubled mind of the man who committed them. Focusing on the later years in the life of Jeffrey Dahmer (Jeremy Renner), David Jacobson's film follows the troubled killer from department store to gay nightclub as he stalks his prey and battles his inner demons, all the while providing contrast to current events with flashbacks from the days during which madness finally gained an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a hellish, numbing experience to watch, and it doesn't offer any insights that haven't been thoroughly debated in the media already, back in the Dahmer heyday of the mid-'90s."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It lets you brush up against the humanity of a psycho, without making him any less psycho."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A little too boring, when you think about the subject."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"A chilling movie without oppressive gore."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Does what should seem impossible: it makes serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer boring."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"Renner's performance as Dahmer is unforgettable, deeply absorbing."
‑ Tom Sime, Dallas Morning News
"It's difficult to feel anything much while watching this movie, beyond mild disturbance or detached pleasure at the acting."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Worth a look, if only for Renner's complex performance."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Renner?s face is chillingly unemotive, yet he communicates a great deal in his performance. See it for his performance if nothing else."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Renner carries much of the film with a creepy and dead-on performance."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The movie should be credited with remembering his victims."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Renner ... is extraordinary."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"A story which fails to rise above its disgusting source material."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Director David Jacobson gives Dahmer a consideration that the murderer never game his victims."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Since Dahmer resorts to standard slasher flick thrills when it should be most in the mind of the killer, it misses a major opportunity to be truly revelatory about his psyche."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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