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Killing Bono Reviews

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Philip French
Guardian
April 4, 2011
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...
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
April 3, 2011
Dialogue is occasionally sharp, even genuinely funny at times, but not often enough to support the farcical antics of the last act.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
April 1, 2011
The music is terrible, and for a comedy it's chronically short of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
April 1, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 1, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 31, 2011
A good-natured, boisterous comedy with a Likely Lads feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
March 31, 2011
An extremely enjoyable, very well performed romp that extracts surprisingly mileage from a story about failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
March 31, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Henry Barnes
Little White Lies
March 31, 2011
We still haven't found what we're looking for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
March 31, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 31, 2011
Vividly captures the frustrating randomness of fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny
March 31, 2011
This isn't homicide, it's hagiography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Smith
Radio Times
March 31, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 30, 2011
Killing Bono completes a neat hat-trick and should be seen by anyone who has ever dreamed - and failed - to become a rock god.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
March 30, 2011
For every rock god who ascends to stardom, there are countless wannabes destined to hit rock bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 30, 2011
We have all, at some time or other, wanted to kill Bono.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
March 30, 2011
A clever idea that can't find its feet on the bigger stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 30, 2011
Ultimately, there's something cheering and very human about a hero's journey towards the recognition of his myriad flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
March 30, 2011
A drearily familiar tale of a band's life on the road. With added Bono.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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