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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 51
  2. Negative: 14 out of 51

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User Reviews

  1. Oct 1, 2022
    pretty dark series, reminds me of "the silence of the lambs", not done watching it yet, evan peters is great
  2. Sep 30, 2022
    Very subtle and well made psychological exploration of a highly troubled murderer. Good casting. Slow paced. No gore.
  3. Sep 24, 2022
    Surprised the critics rate so low. I find the series very engaging and more than a little horrifying.
  4. Sep 25, 2022
    The best work of Ryan Murphy for Netflix, wow. Love it. Evan Peters is amazing, Niecy Nash too.
  5. Sep 24, 2022
    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
    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. Oct 3, 2022
    Engrossingly dark series, with great acting and good directing that makes for an interesting watch.

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
    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
    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
    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.