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Chapter 27 Reviews

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Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Despite all his obvious effort and admirable Stanislavskian immersion, his Chapman is pure cinematic affectation, a compendium of great movie madmen of the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Urban Cinefile
July 12, 2008
The eternal question of why Chapman shot Lennon is not answered. And that's probably because there IS no real reason.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2008
his drama, about the three days leading up to the murder, never overcomes its inherent ghoulishness, largely because Chapman, like so many mentally ill people, is a huge bore.
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2008
Chapter 27 just makes you feel bad for, and about, everybody -- including the wretched souls who made the thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2008
By the end of this modest, strange venture, Leto made me believe it was worth being forced to hang out on the sidewalk with this man, if only to get a creeping sense of what that might've been like.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
April 24, 2008
Imagine hanging out in the head of a psychotic, indefensible loser for 80 minutes and getting nothing worth remembering or admiring in return.
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
April 21, 2008
Despite the subject, the script is flat. Despite using the real locations, the production looked cheesy. Finally, the decision to strip Mark David Chapman (John Lennon's killer) of any humanity makes the narrative decidedly one note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2008
The film is impressively mounted and Schaefer has made a directorial debut of distinction, but it is an uncomfortable ride from the opening scenes of Chapman arriving in New York to the inevitable, inexorable final scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 18, 2008
Stop the madness and please avoid this film at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 14, 2008
The film manages to be entirely about Mark David Chapman without saying a single insightful thing about him.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 11, 2008
If [director] Schaefer's intent was to provide some sort of insight into Chapman's character, some hint of explanation for this senseless tragedy, he fails, probably because there's none to be found beyond one lonely guy's addled brain chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 9, 2008
Chapter 27 is far from flawless, but Leto disappears inside this angry, mouth-breathing psycho geek with a conviction that had me hanging on his every delusion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 4, 2008
There are cheesy special effects and even cheesier gags, and the schmaltz eventually piles on neck-deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
April 4, 2008
It's a train-wreck turn in a dreary movie about a self-pitying loser responsible for murdering a beloved pop icon.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 3, 2008
[Leto's] mumbled voiceover may perfectly reflect Chapman's inner world. [But] who wants to enter that world? Neither Chapman ... nor his inner life is very interesting ... I was looking at my watch before the first third of the movie had passed.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
April 3, 2008
A study guide for celebrity bodyguards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 31, 2008
This is a very tough film to watch, especially for Beatles fans that worshipped Lennon, but it does provide a thought-provoking take on the inner workings of Mark David Chapman's twisted mind.
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
March 28, 2008
If there is any good reason for an audience to spend an hour and a half wallowing in the psychotic reveries of this wayward young man, the filmmakers and their star have sadly failed to provide it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 28, 2008
However much objectivity the filmmakers try to bring to it, there is an inescapable element of glorification of thoroughly reprehensible characters.
March 28, 2008
The film's 85 minutes drag by painfully slowly, because there's no respite from Chapman's tedious, self-pitying reveries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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