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.
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.
November 3, 2011
A shapeless rock-music caper that, like its deluded antihero, just doesn't know when to stop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 9, 2011
Funny, irreverent, slightly bitter, and brimming with self-importance and self-loathing.
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.
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...
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.
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.
March 31, 2011
A good-natured, boisterous comedy with a Likely Lads feel.
March 31, 2011
We still haven't found what we're looking for.
March 30, 2011
Ultimately, there's something cheering and very human about a hero's journey towards the recognition of his myriad flaws.