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Chapter 27 Reviews

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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
Scott Weinberg
January 28, 2007
Feels like thirty pages of script in a 90-minute frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
January 24, 2007
Worth seeing for Leto's performance ... but its slow, meandering pace tends to be its undoing.
| Original Score: 6/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
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
Eric D. Snider
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-
Bill Gibron
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
Prairie Miller
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
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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
Adam Fendelman
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
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.
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
Matt Pais
April 3, 2008
A study guide for celebrity bodyguards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Erik Childress
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 28, 2008
All their efforts can't elevate this material above the arty exploitation that it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeremy Mathews
Film Threat
February 3, 2007
That anyone would allow this new guy into their lives is a complete stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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
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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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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
March 25, 2008
This misbegotten psychological portrait eagerly foregrounds Leto's excess blubber and histrionic blather, delivered like bad improv outside the Dakota building.
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