• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 6, 2019
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ashlie D. Stevens
    Dec 9, 2019
    80
    In “Confession Killer,” Kenner methodically lays out the faults in the system, taking no prisoners. He leaves viewers with a very clear message: while Lucas was a despicable human being, there’s true culpability found in the officers who so wanted to mark cases closed that they ignored the very real evidence to the contrary.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Dec 5, 2019
    80
    At the beginning of the series, it’s unclear what story “The Confession Killer” can possibly be telling that requires five episodes and as many hours. Lucas isn’t that interesting. But as it turns out, the story is not just about crime, truth and justice, but journalism, the politics of law enforcement, celebrity culture, and the gift that was represented by Henry Lee Lucas—not just to the police and media, but to all the killers of all those women who were given someone else to take the blame.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Dec 3, 2019
    80
    Overflowing with cannily edited archival footage (dominated by Lucas police-confession videos, and TV news reports) and illuminating chats with principal players. ... The Confession Killer is awash in heartbreaking stories about the collateral damage wrought by this sham.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Dec 3, 2019
    80
    It’s well-constructed and a quick watch, the kind of thing that fans of “The Keepers,” “The Staircase,” and other Netflix true crime hits should eat up this holiday season.
  5. Reviewed by: Brendan Michael
    Dec 6, 2019
    60
    An eyebrow-raising premise amounts to too much information. This is the sort of series that lacked a storyteller’s touch.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Dec 13, 2019
    10
    Well written. Surprising turns every episode. The docuseries is put in a way that viewers are engaged and logistically put where viewersWell written. Surprising turns every episode. The docuseries is put in a way that viewers are engaged and logistically put where viewers aren't confused like some other series. Full Review »
  2. Dec 7, 2019
    8
    i love true crime doku, and this was well made with some big surprises i didnt expect, anyone who loves making a murderer give this a tryi love true crime doku, and this was well made with some big surprises i didnt expect, anyone who loves making a murderer give this a try binged it in one tour Full Review »