Killing Bono is an amusing, knockabout contribution to a sub-genre of rock movies about bands and rock stars that didn't quite reach the top or fell by the wayside...
Dialogue is occasionally sharp, even genuinely funny at times, but not often enough to support the farcical antics of the last act.
The music is terrible, and for a comedy it's chronically short of laughs.
| Original Score: 2/5
Killing Bono is entertaining for the first hour but then goes off the boil with a couple of ludicrous criminal subplots and too many scenes of the brothers trying and failing to make it big.
| Original Score: 3/5
hough overlong and sometimes patchy, this Irish comedy from Nick Hamm is a lively corrective to some of the more solemn portrayals of rock's nether regions.
A good-natured, boisterous comedy with a Likely Lads feel.
An extremely enjoyable, very well performed romp that extracts surprisingly mileage from a story about failure.
| Original Score: 4/5
Though Nick Hamm directs with zest, the script by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, adapting rock critic Neil McCormick's autobiography, is low on laughs.
| Original Score: 1/5
We still haven't found what we're looking for.
Nick Hamm's film only evokes the era in a passably plasticky Britcom way, but no one was expecting a masterpiece. I'm just glad it was this enjoyable.
Vividly captures the frustrating randomness of fame.
This isn't homicide, it's hagiography.
Hamm, working from a script co-written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, seems unable to decide what tone he's aiming for - broad knockabout comedy or bittersweet reminiscence.
Killing Bono completes a neat hat-trick and should be seen by anyone who has ever dreamed - and failed - to become a rock god.
For every rock god who ascends to stardom, there are countless wannabes destined to hit rock bottom.
We have all, at some time or other, wanted to kill Bono.
A clever idea that can't find its feet on the bigger stage.
Ultimately, there's something cheering and very human about a hero's journey towards the recognition of his myriad flaws.
A drearily familiar tale of a band's life on the road. With added Bono.
Enjoyable comedy drama that succeeds thanks to likeable performances from Barnes and Sheehan, though the script occasionally struggles to find the right tone and it's not quite as funny as it thinks it is.