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Chapter 27 Reviews

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March 28, 2008
All their efforts can't elevate this material above the arty exploitation that it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 28, 2008
Leto, who gained poundage for the role, keeps taking his shirt off just to make it clear that he is the latest in a long line of actors to confuse daily patronage of the local doughnut shop with intensive actorly preparation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 28, 2008
Leto's drawling, blotchy, creepy performance sets it apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2008
Any film that dares attempt a nonjudgmental portrait of John Lennon's assassin would most likely be accused of tastelessness, but in the case of Chapter 27 the charges are justified.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 28, 2008
In fact, the real problems with Chapter 27 is it vagueness. Everyone here - Leto, Lohan, Friedlander - leaves us in the lurch, and nothing Schaefer does can save our confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 28, 2008
...ostensibly about the last few days in Chapman's life, but it's really about how much Leto's belly bulges over his waistband.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 27, 2008
Enter Mark David Chapman's mind and prepare to be bored out of yours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 27, 2008
"I hate the movies. They're phony, so goddamned phony." Poor Mark David Chapman: no matter how many times he rejects the world of celebrity and phoniness, he's dragged back inside.
March 27, 2008
It might even be bad enough to inspire Catcher author J.D. Salinger to break his decades of public silence to speak out against this high-camp fiasco.
Full Review | Original Score: F
March 27, 2008
Visually ugly, morally non-existent and a complete black hole in the departments of insight and wit, Chapter 27 is quite possibly the most godawful, irredeemable film to yet emerge in the 21st century.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
March 26, 2008
Even if you are only moderately curious about the events that led up to the pointless death of a musical icon, I think you'll find it a film of arm-twisting fascination.
March 25, 2008
This misbegotten psychological portrait eagerly foregrounds Leto's excess blubber and histrionic blather, delivered like bad improv outside the Dakota building.
March 25, 2008
Leto's performance is as great a physical, if not emotional, transformation as Charlize Theron's "hagging it up" for Monster.
March 23, 2008
At one point, Chapman confesses that he doesn't enjoy the movies because they're "so goddamn phony," and with regard to the superficial, ugly-as-dirt Chapter 27, he's right on the money.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 23, 2008
A failed attempt to probe dramatically the inner workings of the troubled mind of John Lennon's assassin in a chronicle replete with shallow Freudian observations about delusion and paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 20, 2008
Not at all helpful to the stagnant proceedings and skimmed surfaces, is Lindsay Lohan, who pops up as hey, Jude, wouldn't you know it, a crazed Lennon fan, playing for a hoot what she likely loathes most on this earth in her own life.
March 20, 2008
Don't hammer this film for trying to get inside the head of Mark David Chapman before he shot John Lennon outside the rock legend's New York apartment on December 8th, 1980. Hammer it instead for failing to do so with any depth or insight.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 7, 2007
Will likely make its own mark on history as the single most relentlessly self-conscious vanity project to ever be conceived.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
February 3, 2007
That anyone would allow this new guy into their lives is a complete stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 30, 2007
Chapter 27 is a smart attempt to distill the twisted psychology and motivation of Mark David Chapman, which we've all superficially gleaned through mass-media reports and intermittent updates on Chapman's incarceration.
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