The Killing of John Lennon Reviews

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September 5, 2018
What Killing lacks in celebrity sparkle, it compensates for in raw ambition and rude chills.
September 7, 2011
April 12, 2011
April 4, 2011
July 15, 2009
A well-researched docudrama on the twisted mind of the 25-year-old Mark David Chapman, the nobody who killed John Lennon.
June 21, 2008
As the narrative lugubriously sticks to the documented events, we are served nothing more than a filmed transcript.
March 21, 2008
It's well-constructed and acted, but mainly just left me feeling like I needed a shower after an exercise in voyeurism surrounding an event that's still hard to watch.
February 15, 2008
Gets inside Chapman's head but never under his skin.
February 15, 2008
Fastidiously researched, dubiously suspenseful character portrait is unable to salvage a lick of hindsight from the tragedy beyond "murderous narcissists are people too."
January 7, 2008
Despite its vivid and imaginative style, The Killing of John Lennon is tough slogging for its nearly two-hour running time.
January 4, 2008
Even if you can forgive [director] Piddington's mangling of the basics, you will find it hard to overlook his frantic use of slo-mo, a wobbly camera, freeze frames, double exposures and a close-up of a single eye.
January 4, 2008
Though the psychic space Piddington and Ball create is certainly a terrifyingly claustrophobic place to be, it's also stultifying and banal in the way other people's crazed obsessions become after a very short while.
January 3, 2008
The only revelations in The Killing of John Lennon are those we could have picked up ourselves, assuming we cared enough to do so.
January 3, 2008
Only slightly better than Chapter 27, it's questionable whether even the most morbidly curious John Lennon fan might have any interest in sitting through nearly two hours of this creepy lunatic.
January 2, 2008
[W]e have only the perspective of a madman here, and it is no more enlightening than the ramblings of any given violent schizophrenic or criminal psychotic.
January 2, 2008
Who is the audience here, besides depraved Beatles completists?
January 2, 2008
Unlike Chapman, The Killing of John Lennon is no phony.
January 2, 2008
Piddington does a beautiful balancing act, creating a movie that works both on the level of suspense and as a detailed factual chronicle.
January 2, 2008
Andrew Piddington's devastating re-enactment of events leading up to, including and immediately after the murder is taken from interviews, depositions and court transcripts.
December 26, 2007
Piddington never dares to diagnose Chapman's rage, settling for Wikipedia-style objectivity dressed in the more fatuous-than-provocative manner of Robinson Devor's Zoo.
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