Dahmer

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Released 2002

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Director:
David Jacobson
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Dahmer is a jarring 2002 thriller inspired by the life of sociopathic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, aka The Milwaukee Cannibal. The film was written and directed by David Jacobson (Down in the Valley, Criminal) and stars Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town, 28 Weeks Later, The Assassination of Jesse James). The film begins with Dahmer's childhood and follows him through his ascent into adulthood. As a young boy, he already displayed various peculiarities in behavior - some of which included killing, torturing, and dissecting animals. As a full-fledged psychopathic adult, he often lured men into his home, where he raped and killed them. By the time he was caught, Dahmer had killed - and possibly eaten - more than fifteen people. The film does an excellent job exploring the reasons why Dahmer felt compelled to commit such atrocious crimes. The film also co-stars Bruce Davison, Artel Kayaru, Matt Newton, Dion Basco, Kate Williamson, Christina Payano, Tom'ya Bowden, Sean Blakemore, Mickey Swenson and Julius Branca. A must see for all those who enjoy assuming the role of criminologist or psychologist'for no longer than 2 hours of course.moreless

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  • 90

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Jacobson produces a remarkably creepy piece of cinema that disturbs by suggestion, nuance and ambiguity.

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    As gamely as the movie tries to make sense of its title character, there remains a huge gap between the film's creepy, clean-cut Dahmer (Jeremy Renner) and fiendish acts that no am...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Dahmer moves with a slowness that's meant to be compelling but is largely merely glum. This becomes a hindrance to building suspense in telling a true story whose outcome is alread...

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