The Killing of John Lennon Reviews

September 7, 2011
April 12, 2011
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.
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 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 2, 2008
Who is the audience here, besides depraved Beatles completists?
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 7, 2007
Charting Chapman's relationship with The Catcher in the Rye to being quizzed after the murder, this is an engrossing study - but paper thin.
December 7, 2007
This tells us precisely nothing about John Lennon and a sight too much about his killer, Mark Chapman.
December 7, 2007
They ought to send the whole of The Killing of John Lennon up in flames.
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 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.
December 7, 2007
The power of the film is the way it charts, indeed enacts, a man losing his grip on reality. 4/5
December 7, 2007
There's a feeling of eerie otherworldliness and the murder itself is relished in detail, however the film does lack overall impact
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.
December 7, 2007
Tense until the murder, but Piddington assumes we all care as much about Chapman as he does.