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Chapter 27 Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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.
March 28, 2008
Leto's drawling, blotchy, creepy performance sets it apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Leto's performance is as great a physical, if not emotional, transformation as Charlize Theron's "hagging it up" for Monster.
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.
January 25, 2007
Some viewers may well find Chapter 27 sleazy or distasteful, and I won't argue the point. But Schaefer's movie creates its own highly compelling world, which is pretty much the prime directive in filmmaking.
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
July 12, 2008
The eternal question of why Chapman shot Lennon is not answered. And that's probably because there IS no real reason.
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.
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
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.
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
April 18, 2008
Stop the madness and please avoid this film at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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-
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