The Jeffrey Dahmer Files
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In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. 'Jeff' explores the city of Milwaukee by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer's life, working collectively to disassemble the facade of an ordinary man leading an ordinary existence. (c) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pulls off the seemingly impossible feat of making this horrific crime seem dull."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Compellingly illuminates how the monsters among us leave more than corpses in their wake."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Thompson does a commendable job of making his points without overstaying his welcome. Given a bigger budget and better resources, it would be very interesting to see his take on some other controversial cases."
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Quite frankly, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files would have been better if it had a little more meat on its bones."
‑ Drew Taylor, The Playlist
"Chilling and riveting, even if it feels as if there are many questions left unanswered."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Different - and chillingly effective."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"[It feels] like a late-night cable-news hack job."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"This approach to a true-crime documentary departs significantly from the sensational, and is all the more moving because of it."
‑ Rebecca Onion, Austin American-Statesman
"Jeff ends up a movie that's not really about anything."
‑ Devin Faraci, Badass Digest
"Thompson accepts quite a burden of informational responsibility, only to generate an aimless, tedious picture that's part documentary, part re-creation, and mostly unenlightening."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Mesmerizing and haunting, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" is an inside-out serial killer movie, lacking in gore or cheap psychology and made in part for those who think they never want to see another serial killer movie."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"For hardcore Dahmer obsessives only."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Thompson's intention is not to explain the nature of evil but show how it contaminates the rest of us."
‑ Jason Anderson, The Grid
"Thompson's film is something really different, a film as polite and as unnerving as its subject, one that burrows down deep into your imagination and stays there."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"An art collage project that unnecessarily obscures its sizzle and raison d'Ítre when a more straightforward tack would have worked better."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
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