Killing Bono Reviews

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Matt Singer
IFC.com
November 11, 2011
An amusingly fluffy musical biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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November 4, 2011
While Barnes and Sheehan are persuasive as the squabbling siblings, the music-biz mockery is blunt and obvious.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 4, 2011
A charming admixture of "Goodfellas" and "Almost Famous," "Killing Bono" is a fanciful rock tale that is nevertheless based on a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 3, 2011
A shapeless rock-music caper that, like its deluded antihero, just doesn't know when to stop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 3, 2011
Hamm's movie is sparky and fun, and full of affectionate pokes at the '80s music scene. It's also, in terms of music biopics, probably better than the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
November 3, 2011
the story of what would charitably be called a wackadoo
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Alison Willmore
Movieline
November 3, 2011
Neil's not a very likable protagonist - he's actually often awful - but who can't relate to that nagging certainty that one's destined for great things?
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 3, 2011
There's a difference between "funny" and "comedy," and the movie adaptation of Killing Bono tries way too hard to be nutty, at the expense of just getting across what McCormick knows.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 1, 2011
The migraine of a story arc needed sharp comedy reflexes or, at least, a live-wire/slummy star turn and got neither.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 1, 2011
Amadeus it's not, but as light transitional music, the film-which has Pete Postlethwaite's final performance, as a swishy landlord-is tuneful enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
October 31, 2011
Killing Bono never really gets going, mostly because it has no real idea of how to convey joy, pain, or any type of emotional progression.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 31, 2011
Don't expect any factual expose about the formative years of U2; this is more of a rock farce in which the band is sort of a plot device.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
October 18, 2011
It's certainly lightweight, but there's nothing at all wrong with that. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
October 13, 2011
Killing Bono's rise-and-fall arc is a little predictable, but the cast is spirited and U2 fans should get a kick out of the references to the band's early days.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 6, 2011
Like an overlong guitar solo, the film sags badly in the middle as mouthy Neil sabotages his own career again and again, but co-writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais provide plenty of gags and the performances are full of vim.
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Christine Champ
Film.com
July 9, 2011
Funny, irreverent, slightly bitter, and brimming with self-importance and self-loathing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ed Whitfield
What Culture
July 6, 2011
It's awash with broad humour, comedic contrivances and sitcom setups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
July 4, 2011
This cleverly conceived, behind-the-scenes tale features fine lead performances and enough nods to the epic group's early days to interest fans outside the U.K.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 6, 2011
[O]ne of the most painfully funny movies I've ever seen... plays like a satire on rags-to-riches clichés even though it's mostly true...
April 4, 2011
Feeds off a tenuous U2 connection to give a not-very-interesting tale of a rock'n'roll failure a higher profile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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