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

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  1. Oct 1, 2022
    10
    pretty dark series, reminds me of "the silence of the lambs", not done watching it yet, evan peters is great
  2. Sep 30, 2022
    8
    Very subtle and well made psychological exploration of a highly troubled murderer. Good casting. Slow paced. No gore.
  3. Sep 24, 2022
    8
    Surprised the critics rate so low. I find the series very engaging and more than a little horrifying.
  4. Sep 25, 2022
    10
    The best work of Ryan Murphy for Netflix, wow. Love it. Evan Peters is amazing, Niecy Nash too.
  5. Sep 24, 2022
    10
    Evan Peters nails it.
    I have to admit that I am a fan already of this actor, but the plot and how the story of this really troubled killer is told from all angles felt quite entertaining to watch!
  6. Sep 29, 2022
    10
    Not for the faint hearted. The subject matter is extremely disturbing, but the filmmakers did a great job with presenting this horrible true story. I actually didn't know previously how badly the police failed, it was really illuminating. The acting all around was incredible as was the cinematography. If you can handle extreme content definitely check it out.
  7. 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 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 haveTerrible 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. Expand
  8. Sep 29, 2022
    0
    I was going to anyway, but Dahmer is the final nail in the coffin of why im cancelling my Netflix subscription. Abhorrent and indefensible.
  9. Sep 28, 2022
    0
    The historical revisionism is unreal. This would actually be halfway decent if they didn't try to shove lies about race and 'White people bad' down the viewer's throats every five seconds.
  10. Oct 1, 2022
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Show is okay but it is not historically accurate. The black neighbor did not live next door, but next building. Netflix also trying to inject woke content into the show depicting the police as racist and homophobic when in reality, even Jeffrey admitted he didn't target blacks because police doesn't care, but just that he liked black people. It's disgusting how the show make Jessie Jackson as a good person when he just exploits tragedies to gain political power. Expand
  11. Oct 3, 2022
    8
    Engrossingly dark series, with great acting and good directing that makes for an interesting watch.
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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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.