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Killing Bono Reviews

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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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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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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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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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.
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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
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Christine Champ
Film.com
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.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
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.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 30, 2011
Ultimately, there's something cheering and very human about a hero's journey towards the recognition of his myriad flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5