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Killing Bono Reviews

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Matt Singer
November 11, 2011
An amusingly fluffy musical biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 4, 2011
A charming admixture of "Goodfellas" and "Almost Famous," "Killing Bono" is a fanciful rock tale that is nevertheless based on a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 3, 2011
Hamm's movie is sparky and fun, and full of affectionate pokes at the '80s music scene. It's also, in terms of music biopics, probably better than the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alison Willmore
November 3, 2011
Neil's not a very likable protagonist - he's actually often awful - but who can't relate to that nagging certainty that one's destined for great things?
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 1, 2011
Amadeus it's not, but as light transitional music, the film-which has Pete Postlethwaite's final performance, as a swishy landlord-is tuneful enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
October 18, 2011
It's certainly lightweight, but there's nothing at all wrong with that. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
October 13, 2011
Killing Bono's rise-and-fall arc is a little predictable, but the cast is spirited and U2 fans should get a kick out of the references to the band's early days.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 6, 2011
Like an overlong guitar solo, the film sags badly in the middle as mouthy Neil sabotages his own career again and again, but co-writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais provide plenty of gags and the performances are full of vim.
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Christine Champ
July 9, 2011
Funny, irreverent, slightly bitter, and brimming with self-importance and self-loathing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
July 4, 2011
This cleverly conceived, behind-the-scenes tale features fine lead performances and enough nods to the epic group's early days to interest fans outside the U.K.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 6, 2011
[O]ne of the most painfully funny movies I've ever seen... plays like a satire on rags-to-riches clichés even though it's mostly true...
Philip French
April 4, 2011
Killing Bono is an amusing, knockabout contribution to a sub-genre of rock movies about bands and rock stars that didn't quite reach the top or fell by the wayside...
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
April 1, 2011
Killing Bono is entertaining for the first hour but then goes off the boil with a couple of ludicrous criminal subplots and too many scenes of the brothers trying and failing to make it big.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 1, 2011
hough overlong and sometimes patchy, this Irish comedy from Nick Hamm is a lively corrective to some of the more solemn portrayals of rock's nether regions.
| Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 31, 2011
A good-natured, boisterous comedy with a Likely Lads feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
March 31, 2011
An extremely enjoyable, very well performed romp that extracts surprisingly mileage from a story about failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 31, 2011
Nick Hamm's film only evokes the era in a passably plasticky Britcom way, but no one was expecting a masterpiece. I'm just glad it was this enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 31, 2011
Vividly captures the frustrating randomness of fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 30, 2011
Killing Bono completes a neat hat-trick and should be seen by anyone who has ever dreamed - and failed - to become a rock god.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
March 30, 2011
For every rock god who ascends to stardom, there are countless wannabes destined to hit rock bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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