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Lover, Stalker, Killer

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Disturbing true crime docu has violence, peril, language.

Movie NR 2024 90 minutes
Lover, Stalker, Killer movie poster: Closeup of knife going through a heart on a phone

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It takes a lot of filler to bring Lover, Stalker, Killer to its 90-minute feature length. That said, the story is still bizarre, fascinating, and disturbing. All the elements are there -- online dating gone wrong, a triangle of romantic jealousy, the escalating threats of a cyber- and real life-stalker, arson, murder, clever police, and a brilliant IT mind to unravel the mystery. Plot twists abound, including a moment when a police officer discovers that someone he works with may be involved. Self-inflicted wounds and hidden selfies help solve the case.

But, seemingly to add to the film's length, interviews go on too long. Unnecessary scenes scored with mysterious or threatening music add nothing to our knowledge and deliberately slow the narrative so that it feels like the filmmakers are trying to delay sharing just how strange the story is until they absolutely have to.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: February 9, 2024
  • Director: Sam Hobkinson
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 10, 2024

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