• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2022
Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Kayla Cobb
    Sep 22, 2022
    70
    This is a slow burn that assumes you’re somewhat familiar with this case. Most of the stress in “Episode One” worked for this critic because I knew what was coming. If I didn’t, there’s a chance this somber pacing drift into boring territory instead of being quietly terrifying.
  2. Reviewed by: Benjamin Rosenstock
    Sep 22, 2022
    67
    Monster rarely shoots for dark humor in its depiction of the man’s heinous acts, which is for the best. But while the subject is treated with the seriousness it deserves, I found myself craving a wider range of tone.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 23, 2022
    50
    Put through a different editing process, there is an intelligent interrogation of Jeffrey Dahmer’s crimes, the real people impacted and the consequences here. It’s frequently lost or obscured.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Turner
    Sep 22, 2022
    50
    There is almost a conflict between the show’s goals and Peters’: “Dahmer” wants to make him, at times, haunting, a terrifying person whose reason is beyond our understanding, but Peters plays him, very often, as vacant and kind of oafish. This paradox would be compelling, particularly in relation to the way that police basically allowed Dahmer to continue his crimes if the show weren’t so excruciatingly boring.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Sep 26, 2022
    40
    Dahmer has a habit of announcing what kind of show it wants to be instead of actually being that show. ... I can only hope creators will realize there is a way to tell these kinds of stories with more sensitivity and care rather than mere gestures toward sensitivity and care. In the sixth episode, Dahmer does exactly that, but it doesn’t maintain that approach for the entirety of its season. ... It’s admirable that Dahmer wants to honor the victims’ lives and celebrate who Hughes was as a person. But that effort can’t be a complete success in a show that also insists on literally reducing Hughes to a piece of meat.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Power
    Sep 22, 2022
    40
    Netflix is at pains not to glamorise Dahmer while the suffering and humanity of his victims are centre-stage throughout. This is admirable but, as drama, it translates into a carnival of horror. ... If Monster has a saving grace it is Peters in the title role.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    Sep 23, 2022
    30
    The show comes close to earning its wallow when it turns to focus on Glenda and others, when it shakes its head angrily at the disregard of the Milwaukee police. But far too much of the show is spent standing over Dahmer’s shoulder, watching him in action. It becomes hard to see the show as anything more than lascivious.
  8. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Sep 22, 2022
    30
    [The sixth episode “Silenced”] is an exception rather than the rule. Otherwise, Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan’s new Netflix series is a grim, sepia-toned slog that rarely justifies its own existence.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 50
  2. Negative: 14 out of 50
  1. Sep 24, 2022
    1
    Terrible direction and a focus on fictional events and lines from a historic event. Added fictional scenes of police ready to grab their gunsTerrible direction and a focus on fictional events and lines from a historic event. Added fictional scenes of police ready to grab their guns on Tracy Edwards while removing the actual event of them trying to help him remove the cuffs. Inventing fake scenes of the neighbour yelling and making a scene when Dahmer was arrested as if she tried to warn them, really take away what should have been an interesting show. Once again Netflix takes a story or event, and changes it for the worse. Full Review »
  2. Oct 1, 2022
    10
    pretty dark series, reminds me of "the silence of the lambs", not done watching it yet, evan peters is great
  3. Sep 30, 2022
    8
    Very subtle and well made psychological exploration of a highly troubled murderer. Good casting. Slow paced. No gore.