American Murder: The Family Next Door

American Murder: The Family Next Door is an American true crime documentary film directed by Jenny Popplewell.[1][2] The film tells the story of the 2018 Watts family murders, which took place in Frederick, Colorado. It uses archival footage including social media posts, law enforcement recordings, text messages and home video footage to depict the events that occurred. It was released on Netflix on September 30, 2020.[3][4]

American Murder: The Family Next Door
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Promotional poster
Directed byJenny Popplewell
Produced byJames Marsh
Music byNainita Desai
Edited bySimon Barker
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • September 30, 2020 (2020-09-30)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rate of 84% based on reviews by 19 critics.[5] In the New York Times, Bilal Qureshi reviewed the movie positively, writing, "Popplewell’s film presents the Watts story as more than a crime story. It is a thematic film about marriage and the deception of social media, as well as a piercing examination of domestic violence constructed with care and undeniable craft."[6]


  1. ^ "American Murder: The Family Next Door | Netflix Official Site". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  2. ^ Scott, Daniella (2020-09-17). "The trailer for Netflix's latest true crime documentary looks so chilling". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  3. ^ "Watch Netflix Investigate Chris Watts in First Trailer for American Murder: The Family Next Door". E! Online. September 16, 2020. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  4. ^ "American Murder The Family Next Door Trailer Released By Netflix: Describes The Story Of The 2018's Watts Family Murders". Moviespie. 2020-09-18. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  5. ^ "American Murder: The Family Next Door". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  6. ^ Qureshi, Bilal (Oct 11, 2020). "'American Murder: The Family Next Door' Review: Tragedy Reconstructed". Retrieved Oct 29, 2020 – via

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