In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. This film 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.









Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle - by David Lewis
    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 unnoticed before Dahmer was apprehended. In some ways, we are left to fill in the blanks - and that can be a queasy experience. more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine - by Nick McCarthy
    Teasing out a subversive portrait of a complex and rather subdued monster, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files unfolds with the same meticulousness exemplified by the eponymous serial killer. more

  • 70
    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 perversion as hypnotic as it is repulsive. ...

  • 58
    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. more

  • 40
    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 cable-news hack job. more

  • 40
    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 misses the point in a disturbing way. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. halloween1

    Chilling and very informative documentary about Jeffrey Dahmer. A must see for anyone interested in true crime and serial killers. 10/10 I hope they make more of these about other infamous killers

  2. posimosh

    Bravo! Normally, I try and write a bit about docs that I review (and like), mainly because I believe people ordinarily enjoy docs (or not). Thus they will watch them either way (or not). This documentary’s subject matter and thesis is, at least partially, crime and celebrity and the effect that each has on folks. Basically, because people will watch this regardless of my comment, I won’t bore you any further. I will however say that in the era of cheap, poorly researched, and biased "crime documentaries" especially ones about this film’s main character "Jeff", this film breaks the mold. I especially liked how they examine "Jeff" and all that he represents, while clearly dillineating the real from the reenacted. Great Film.

  3. lunatik

    This was a damn good doc, as halloween said,if your into serial killers then this is a must watch!

  4. moonshinemaverick

    wow… was not expecting THAT… not a big fan of dramatized documentaries… but, holy s**t, this was done brilliantly. it’s slow-paced, but with a very eerie vibe through-out… the tension just keeps building minute-by-minute… until it starts boiling over at approx. 1 hour mark… amazing documentary (even if you’re not into serial-killers…).