My Friend Dahmer Review

Jeffrey Dahmer was, by any rational estimation, one of the most horrifying human beings of the 20th century. By the age of 31 he had murdered at least 17 men and boys, and then collected, eaten or did other unspeakable things to their dead bodies.

So it’s a little hard to imagine any filmmaker eliciting too much sympathy for Jeffrey Dahmer, and to his credit, writer/director Marc Meyers doesn’t seem to have made that his goal. His new film, My Friend Dahmer, offers an illuminating look into the life of a burgeoning serial killer in the years just before he committed his first murder. And he doesn’t try to sell you on the idea that Dahmer was just a misunderstood victim of his own compulsions.

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