• R, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jarrett Schaeffer
    In Theaters:
    Jan 25, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 30, 2008
  • Vitagraph Films

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Chapter 27 Reviews

Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 16, 2011
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 16, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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his drama, about the three days leading up to the murder, never overcomes its inherent ghoulishness, largely because Chapman, like so many mentally ill people, is a huge bore.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 25, 2008
Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
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Chapter 27 just makes you feel bad for, and about, everybody -- including the wretched souls who made the thing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 0.5/4

April 25, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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By the end of this modest, strange venture, Leto made me believe it was worth being forced to hang out on the sidewalk with this man, if only to get a creeping sense of what that might've been like.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 24, 2008
Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film is impressively mounted and Schaefer has made a directorial debut of distinction, but it is an uncomfortable ride from the opening scenes of Chapman arriving in New York to the inevitable, inexorable final scene.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 18, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Chapter 27 is far from flawless, but Leto disappears inside this angry, mouth-breathing psycho geek with a conviction that had me hanging on his every delusion.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

April 9, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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There are cheesy special effects and even cheesier gags, and the schmaltz eventually piles on neck-deep.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is a very tough film to watch, especially for Beatles fans that worshipped Lennon, but it does provide a thought-provoking take on the inner workings of Mark David Chapman's twisted mind.

March 31, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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All their efforts can't elevate this material above the arty exploitation that it is.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

March 28, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Leto, who gained poundage for the role, keeps taking his shirt off just to make it clear that he is the latest in a long line of actors to confuse daily patronage of the local doughnut shop with intensive actorly preparation.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

March 28, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Leto's drawling, blotchy, creepy performance sets it apart.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2008
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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Any film that dares attempt a nonjudgmental portrait of John Lennon's assassin would most likely be accused of tastelessness, but in the case of Chapter 27 the charges are justified.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

March 28, 2008
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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It might even be bad enough to inspire Catcher author J.D. Salinger to break his decades of public silence to speak out against this high-camp fiasco.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: F

March 27, 2008
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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Chapman's villainy isn't tragic or misunderstood; it's simple insanity. To dwell on it is to wallow in pain. Elevate yourself, and stay away.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

March 27, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Even if you are only moderately curious about the events that led up to the pointless death of a musical icon, I think you'll find it a film of arm-twisting fascination.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 26, 2008
Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
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This misbegotten psychological portrait eagerly foregrounds Leto's excess blubber and histrionic blather, delivered like bad improv outside the Dakota building.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 25, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Don't hammer this film for trying to get inside the head of Mark David Chapman before he shot John Lennon outside the rock legend's New York apartment on December 8th, 1980. Hammer it instead for failing to do so with any depth or insight.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

March 20, 2008
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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Chapter 27 is a smart attempt to distill the twisted psychology and motivation of Mark David Chapman, which we've all superficially gleaned through mass-media reports and intermittent updates on Chapman's incarceration.

January 30, 2007
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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In order to play John Lennon's assassin Mark David Chapman, actor Jared Leto gained some 70 pounds. Seemingly following his lead, the pic itself is heavy, lethargic, and exasperating.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 29, 2007
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Some viewers may well find Chapter 27 sleazy or distasteful, and I won't argue the point. But Schaefer's movie creates its own highly compelling world, which is pretty much the prime directive in filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 25, 2007
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