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Killing Bono Reviews

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Ed Whitfield
What Culture

It's awash with broad humour, comedic contrivances and sitcom setups.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 6, 2011
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny

This isn't homicide, it's hagiography.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 2/5

March 31, 2011
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 31, 2011
Henry Barnes
Little White Lies

We still haven't found what we're looking for.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

March 31, 2011
Robbie Collin
News of the World

I've not been this disappointed by a movie's title since that Penelope Cruz film Blow turned out to be about a drug dealer.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 3/5

March 27, 2011
Anthony Quinn

The music is terrible, and for a comedy it's chronically short of laughs.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

April 1, 2011
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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The migraine of a story arc needed sharp comedy reflexes or, at least, a live-wire/slummy star turn and got neither.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 1, 2011
Chris Cabin

the story of what would charitably be called a wackadoo

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 3, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A shapeless rock-music caper that, like its deluded antihero, just doesn't know when to stop.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 3, 2011
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

A drearily familiar tale of a band's life on the road. With added Bono.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

March 30, 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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

April 4, 2011
Neil Smith
Total Film

Comes with preposterous embellishments - a criminal subplot here, an assassination attempt there - and a lily-livered eagerness to depict Bono as the nicest singer ever to walk the earth.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

March 23, 2011
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

A clever idea that can't find its feet on the bigger stage.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

March 30, 2011
Adam Smith
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 31, 2011
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

March 31, 2011
Leslie Felperin
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Dialogue is occasionally sharp, even genuinely funny at times, but not often enough to support the farcical antics of the last act.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 3, 2011
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C

October 31, 2011
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

November 3, 2011
Mark Jenkins
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While Barnes and Sheehan are persuasive as the squabbling siblings, the music-biz mockery is blunt and obvious.

Full Review Source: NPR

November 4, 2011
Christine Champ
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Funny, irreverent, slightly bitter, and brimming with self-importance and self-loathing.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

July 9, 2011
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