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February 15, 2008
Gets inside Chapman's head but never under his skin.
January 2, 2008
Who is the audience here, besides depraved Beatles completists?
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 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.
| Original Score: 6/10
June 21, 2008
As the narrative lugubriously sticks to the documented events, we are served nothing more than a filmed transcript.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 7, 2007
They ought to send the whole of The Killing of John Lennon up in flames.
December 7, 2007
Tense until the murder, but Piddington assumes we all care as much about Chapman as he does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 7, 2007
This tells us precisely nothing about John Lennon and a sight too much about his killer, Mark Chapman.
December 7, 2007
Chapman was on a simple, skewed quest for infamy. And he got it. One gathers he'd be chuffed to see this film. And that's the biggest issue of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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 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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 7, 2007
Chapman is allowed to shove his face into the camera once too often, and it feels as if his illness is being paraded for our fascination.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 7, 2008
Despite its vivid and imaginative style, The Killing of John Lennon is tough slogging for its nearly two-hour running time.
December 7, 2007
It features actor Jonas Ball looking more or less like the famed police mugshot, lumbering about with Chapman's own interminable (but avowedly authentic) prison-diary ramblings recited in voiceover.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 7, 2007
The makers of this tasteless and generally bleak recreation of Chapman's life in the three months before the killing just didn't get it. The man who shot the ex-Beatle deserves to rot unforgotten in his six by ten, not have films made about him.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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