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The U.S. vs. John Lennon Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 10, 2007
A powerful statement about how in a country of "democracy," the peace keepers are deemed the most dangerous to civilization...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies
June 21, 2007
An excellent documentary in charting how celebrities can use their public status for good, especially if they have the guts to turn their backs on what made them famous for a greater good.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
The breadth of interviews was quite good, and the film goes to great pains to situate Lennon within the wider political framework of the day. Everyone from G. Gordon Liddy to Geraldo are trotted out to either decry or justify the treatment that the Nixon
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
June 7, 2007
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 25, 2007
It's as gripping as any thriller and as moving as any drama with the added fascination of the unfathomable relationship between John and Yoko.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 31, 2007
Um belíssimo documentário que nos faz lembrar de que, por ter existido, John Lennon fez deste um mundo melhor.
| Original Score: 5/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 25, 2007
An entertaining, lightweight (sometimes too much so) documentary about Lennon's deportation case
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
...though I was familiar with the songs, I never really understood the message. I do now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 24, 2006
By the time The U.S. vs. John Lennon is done, the filmmakers have reinforced the sense that pop music once produced prophets, as well as profits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 24, 2006
Lennon's spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon.
| Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 10, 2006
An engaging and informative film about the period in the life of the former Beatle during which he emerged as a political activist and, consequently, a thorn in the side of the Nixon administration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
November 9, 2006
Looking back, the Nixon administration's muddling seems almost comically inept, except that, much like today, the costs are so unspeakably high.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 9, 2006
The film draws upon news footage, old song recordings and interviews with his friends to craft a portrait in immense, rewarding detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 1, 2006
It serves as a primer for what Lennon was and what he believed and what he did.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 25, 2006
It's well worth taking a look at how a fascist-like government operates in America.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 13, 2006
The movie features a wide array of interview subjects - but, thankfully, the most passionate voice is Lennon's.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 13, 2006
The film is not completely satisfying, though it's probably required viewing for anyone who considers himself a fan of the man and his music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 13, 2006
'Give Peace a Chance' is hardly Lennon's best song, but heard again in the context of the war in Iraq, both the song and the Lennon-Ono Christmas billboards that proclaimed 'War Is Over (If You Want It)' seem more necessary than naive.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
June 9, 2007
Top Critic

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
January 27, 2007

Irish Times
January 5, 2007
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
January 2, 2007
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 30, 2006
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 30, 2006

Baltimore Sun
September 30, 2006
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