New Netflix thriller with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes is being called Dexter meets Death Note

A Killer Paradox
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New Netflix thriller A Killer Paradox has been climbing the streaming charts, with reviews praising its twist on the serial killer genre.

The drama series follows a college student who ends up accidentally murdering a stranger, only to discover that their victim is actually a mass murderer. Parasite’s Choi Woo-shik leads the cast as the student, opposite Son Suk-ku as a homicide detective who becomes hell-bent on finding out what happened.

Currently, the series is sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on eight reviews. NME’s Rhian Daly writes: "With a plot that keeps you on your toes and feels worlds apart from the usual murder and retribution fare, it makes for an engrossing – and increasingly gross and gory – watch."

National World’s Steven Ross writes: "A Killer Paradox begins as a black comedy with the simple ironic premise, an honest man accidentally kills a serial killer. There’s plenty of funnys to mine here, and the show does just that." Meanwhile Radio Times’ David Opie concludes: "Bloody, gory moments are interspersed throughout in a realistic manner, yet it's the more surreal, dream-like scenes that will chill viewers most." 

Viewer reactions have been a bit more mixed, with some mentioning the Dexter similarities based on its serial killer killing premise. Comparisons have also been drawn to Death Note, which follows a slightly similar premise of a student going on a crusade to eliminate criminals.

Others have been more critical, with one writing on Twitter that while it’s "great stylistically, substance wise it could have been better". Another agreed, adding: "A Killer Paradox is OK. But this trend of throwing in female nudity for the heterosexual male gaze is just so...expectedly boring."

A Killer Paradox is out on Netflix now. For more, check out the best Netflix shows and the best Netflix movies to stream now.

Fay Watson
Deputy Entertainment Editor

I’m the Deputy Entertainment Editor here at GamesRadar+, covering TV and film for the Total Film and SFX sections online. I previously worked as a Senior Showbiz Reporter and SEO TV reporter at Express Online for three years. I've also written for The Resident magazines and Amateur Photographer, before specializing in entertainment.