The U.S. vs. John Lennon


The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)


Critic Consensus: Though it glosses over anything negative about Lennon, this documentary offers a lot of fascinating archival footage, plus its political issues still have relevance for today.


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This film is a compelling and provocative look at John Lennon's transformation from beloved musical artist to anti-war activist to iconic inspiration for peace that also reveals the true story of why and how the U.S. Government tried to silence him. The film will also show that this was not just an isolated episode in American history but that the issues and struggles of that era remain relevant today.

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Critic Reviews for The U.S. vs. John Lennon

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (34)

By the time The U.S. vs. John Lennon is done, the filmmakers have reinforced the sense that pop music once produced prophets, as well as profits.

Nov 24, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Lennon's spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon.

Nov 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

The film paints with swaggeringly broad strokes, the basic thesis being Lennon = good, government = bad.

Oct 28, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Humanizing Lennon to those who might find the man a bit inaccessible, and adding the word 'courage' to his long list of positive attributes.

Oct 12, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Documentarians David Leaf and John Scheinfeld go beyond the usual glibness, revealing a much fuller portrait of the man.

Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though Lennon's commitment to a peaceful world is vivid and unquestionable, The U.S. vs. John Lennon ultimately emerges as a picture of a different kind of commitment: a love story.

Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The U.S. vs. John Lennon

I love a good documentary. It's weird, I can appreciate a good Beatles documentary, yet I prefer covers of their music as opposed to the original. Having said that, this was a good eye-opening film about John Lennon's going from musician to activist for peace and how the US government didn't take too kindly to it.

Remi Logan
Remi Logan

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Interesting documentary that draws an uneasy parallel between the Vietnam & Iraq wars.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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Give peace a chance.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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