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A movie filmed in MN arrives on Netflix next week – and the reviews are good

Fans of Christopher Lloyd – and the Iron Range – should check it out.
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If you're looking for the next movie to add to your Netflix list, there's buzz about one filmed in Minnesota that becomes available next week.

I Am Not A Serial Killer, which premiered earlier this year at the SXSW Festival before being picked up by Netflix, will go live on the streaming site next Tuesday, Dec. 13.

To realize the setting of a "small Midwestern town," as described in the IMDB synopsis, the movie was shot in the Iron Range cities of Hibbing and Virginia.

It stars Max Records (who you might know from Where The Wild Things Are) as Max, a troubled teenager with homicidal tendencies, who channels his inner demons to hunt down a supernatural serial killer.

His investigation leads him to his neighbor/suspect Crowley, played by Back to the Future legend Christopher Lloyd, with whom Records' character strikes up a bond.

Breaking Bad fans should recognize Max's mother. She is played by Laura Fraser, who had a memorable role in AMC's masterpiece as Lydia, one of Walter White's many nemeses.

There's plenty of Minnesota on display in the trailer below, with winter on the Iron Range providing a brooding backdrop to a grim story.

The reviews are in, and they're good

Although at 32 reviews it hasn't built up enough critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, 29 of those reviews are positive ones.

In giving it 4 stars, British film magazine Empire says director Billy O'Brien breathes new life "into the overfamiliar terrain of the serial killer" and "elicits Christopher Lloyd's best performance in a long time."

"His film deserves cult classic status at the very least," it adds.

The New York Times says O'Brien balances the "tedium of small-town life" (watch it, NYT) with an "unnervingly creepy vibe" but notes that after a strong opening, the plot somewhat "goes off the rails" in the second half.

AV Club remarks that for all its dark subject matter, the film is "a strangely cheerful one" with a "uniquely wry tone" setting the film apart.

"The menacing and the absurd co-exist in a very funny, very matter-of-fact way," it says.

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