I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1
I'll Be Gone in the Dark

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Director Liz Garbus smartly centers I'll Be Gone in the Dark around the late Michelle McNamara's passionate efforts, weaving together a heavy, but important tapestry of trauma, obsession, and survival.



Critic Ratings: 41


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User Ratings: 58

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Air date: Jun 28, 2020
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Amy Ryan
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Critic Reviews for I'll Be Gone in the Dark Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (21)

Imagine McNamara's single-mindedness without her restraint. Imagine the pressure to satisfy and impress a community of like-minded people without the accompanying knowledge that to speak recklessly is dangerous.

Aug 3, 2020 | Full Review…
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These details might seem superfluous, but as many of the series' interview subjects observe, the killer seemed possessed by a desire to desecrate and ruin the domestic solidarity of couples like Oswalt and McNamara.

Jul 1, 2020 | Full Review…
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"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" is a compelling, flawed story of true crime and obsession - and its flaws are part of what make it so intriguing.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" is more than a true crime documentary, although it succeeds in a terrifyingly brilliant way.

Jun 29, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It doesn't have all the answers - no one does - but it asks the right questions in the right way.

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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A series that keeps its human core in a way that true crime offerings often don't.

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Sensitive, unusual, uplifting, revelatory and deeply moving, I'll Be Gone in the Dark is one of the best true crime docu-series in a while and it's up against stiff competition.

Jun 23, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I'll Be Gone in the Dark continues one impressive writer and investigator's legacy, while serving as a source of inspiration for us all.

Jun 23, 2020 | Full Review…

This isn't just another True Crime docuseries. It's a game-changer.

Jun 23, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

[It] inspires a lot of conflicting responses, including discomfort at the notion that I'm somehow supposed to be entertained by the pursuit of a monster who ruined so many lives. But what ultimately holds [It] together, ironically, is McNamara.

Jun 22, 2020 | Full Review…

I'll Be Gone in the Dark can be very difficult to watch; it's haunting and incredibly sad. But that's also what made it all the more moving, in the end, to see the survivors join together: bonding, smiling, and living their lives in the light.

Jun 22, 2020 | Rating: 9.4/10 | Full Review…

I'll Be Gone in the Dark as an account of a true-crime blogger's pursuit of a serial killer is a confused, confusing, and yet compelling piece of work.

Jul 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Season 1

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  • 2d ago
    Outstanding. This should be the template for all future true crime documentaries. The parallel tragedies of McNamara's addiction-fueled death and the brutal attacks of DeAngelo were underscored by the level of secrecy attached to both. Oswald's ignorance of what was happening to his wife and DeAngelo's family's cluelessness of his evil nature tells us something about the facades people put up to conceal their inner darknesses. The very sober recounting by DeAngelo's nephew of what happened to his mother (DeAngelo's sister) in her brother's presence gives us a peek into DeAngelo's twisted soul. A sure fire Emmy winner.
  • 2d ago
    The movie is interesting but I cannot oversee the fact that Michelle was a depressed and later obsessed woman and although sourended by family, she had no help, no therapy or other type of support.....Her place was in therapy and enjoying her family not chassing a serial killer who would have been eventually discovered after DNA became possible.....I cannot shake off my head the words of her husband saying that he didn't think taking Aderol and Xanax and all the mix of opiates she was taking could be a bad thing....Really ?? So, the movie is ok as a cinematic experience and a pretty decend documentary but I think the focus should have been more on the discovery of the killer and not the soap-opera going on behind the sceene....Michelle practically gave her life for nothing....
  • 4d ago
    Truly captivated by Michelle's passion for justice.
  • 6d ago
    Intriguing documentary series based on the book by Michelle McNamara about her intense investigation and search for the identity of The Golden State Killer (also known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker) Michelle does an amazing job of detective work and sharing her thoughts, emotions, and discoveries. This series drew me in with her obsessive and persistent sleuthing and the way she pieced everything together. Michelle was able to connect with and earn the trust of survivors, detectives, police, and other amateur sleuths and crime bloggers, collecting a piece of the puzzle from each person. I admire her vulnerability, sharing her personal and intimate feelings, and her struggles of how she let this quest take over her entire life. You'll want to binge-watch as you journey along on the hunt through personal interviews, excerpts from Michelle's book, police files, evidence, and putting all the detective work by amateurs and professionals together to narrow down a killer who's gotten away with his sadistic, violent crimes for decades. Michelle gave her mind, body, and soul and paid the highest price to hunt down this preditor...she deserves recognition and respect for all she did, In My Humble Opinion! july2020
  • 6d ago
    I've never seen a documentary like this--an absolute must-watch. Michelle's story is told respectfully and subtly, with beautiful nuance and powerful emotional depth. An artfully crafted, unforgettable story; a true crime show with heart.
  • Jul 29, 2020
    The show conflates McNamara's story with the rapes and murders, portraying her as another victim of EAR; as if investigating it killed her. I understand wanting to honor your wife's memory, but this comes across as a crass, vain way to do it. Probably worked better as a book.
  • Jul 28, 2020
    Amazing! What a great docu serie!
  • Jul 26, 2020
    I had high hopes for this. These people never met a good editor. Mostly fantasizing about what the writer thought and whining from her husband. The serial killer she was stalking is little illuminated for the viewer.
  • Jul 25, 2020
    This is an excellent but unconventional docu-series about the Golden State Killer, his victims, and pursuers; thus it is not squarely focused on the killer and has a fairly broad and non-liner style of addressing the subject; which seems to have annoyed some viewers who essentially wanted a run-of-the-mill true crime documentary. However, Michelle McNamara's work was critical to bringing the Golden State Killer to justice, so her story is inexorably linked to the story of his capture. If you just want another true crime show with a bunch of horrific and salacious details of human evil, there are a lot of options already out there, if you want to see an interesting take on the impact of crime on its direct victims as well as on those who pursue the criminal and seek justice for the victims, then you'll find this series well worth your time

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