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Killing Bono Reviews

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Ed Whitfield
What Culture
July 6, 2011
It's awash with broad humour, comedic contrivances and sitcom setups.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny
March 31, 2011
This isn't homicide, it's hagiography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
October 31, 2011
Killing Bono never really gets going, mostly because it has no real idea of how to convey joy, pain, or any type of emotional progression.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Henry Barnes
Little White Lies
March 31, 2011
We still haven't found what we're looking for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
March 27, 2011
I've not been this disappointed by a movie's title since that Penelope Cruz film Blow turned out to be about a drug dealer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 1, 2011
The music is terrible, and for a comedy it's chronically short of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 1, 2011
The migraine of a story arc needed sharp comedy reflexes or, at least, a live-wire/slummy star turn and got neither.
Chris Cabin
November 3, 2011
the story of what would charitably be called a wackadoo
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 3, 2011
A shapeless rock-music caper that, like its deluded antihero, just doesn't know when to stop.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
March 30, 2011
A drearily familiar tale of a band's life on the road. With added Bono.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 4, 2011
Feeds off a tenuous U2 connection to give a not-very-interesting tale of a rock'n'roll failure a higher profile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
March 23, 2011
Comes with preposterous embellishments - a criminal subplot here, an assassination attempt there - and a lily-livered eagerness to depict Bono as the nicest singer ever to walk the earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
March 30, 2011
A clever idea that can't find its feet on the bigger stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Smith
Radio Times
March 31, 2011
Hamm, working from a script co-written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, seems unable to decide what tone he's aiming for - broad knockabout comedy or bittersweet reminiscence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
March 31, 2011
Though Nick Hamm directs with zest, the script by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, adapting rock critic Neil McCormick's autobiography, is low on laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Leslie Felperin
April 3, 2011
Dialogue is occasionally sharp, even genuinely funny at times, but not often enough to support the farcical antics of the last act.
Emanuel Levy
October 31, 2011
Don't expect any factual expose about the formative years of U2; this is more of a rock farce in which the band is sort of a plot device.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 3, 2011
There's a difference between "funny" and "comedy," and the movie adaptation of Killing Bono tries way too hard to be nutty, at the expense of just getting across what McCormick knows.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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November 4, 2011
While Barnes and Sheehan are persuasive as the squabbling siblings, the music-biz mockery is blunt and obvious.
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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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