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The U.S. vs. John Lennon Reviews

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September 15, 2006
There's little sign of the honest ambivalence that made Lennon a great artist, if a questionable spokesman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 26, 2006
Those hoping for something hard-hitting won't find it here. This is strictly on the level of what one might uncover during a VH1 special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 28, 2006
You wonder if the film might actually have been worthwhile without the random stuff it includes. I mean, for instance, imagine there's no Geraldo Rivera. It isn't hard to do.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 23, 2006
It feels as if [Ono's] cooperation resulted in a softened perspective on the musician-turned- activist-turned-icon.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 28, 2006
The film paints with swaggeringly broad strokes, the basic thesis being Lennon = good, government = bad.
September 28, 2006
a great retro ride for those who miss those trippy days, but not much of an educational experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 30, 2006
...all pro and no con, a terrific piece of entertainment for fans of Lennon but a poor examination of its titular subject and its current day ramifications.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 14, 2006
Makes the case that, in just about every way that counted, Lennon was a better person than Richard M. Nixon.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 31, 2006
The storyline follows the Ono-approved bio that posits Lennon as saint, excising his dark periods and their years apart, which could have enhanced the portrait.
September 12, 2006
...the near canonization of Lennon as a secular saint without requiring any miracles,...a propagandistic diatribe made by ideologues...boring (and I'm a Beatlemaniac!).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
November 29, 2006
What promises to be a provocative account of the late Beatle's involvement with the American underground delivers precious little in this Yoko-approved documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2006
Imagine a naive, simplistic documentary about the most complex, cynical member of the Beatles.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2006
His life has been raked over by so many books, movies, magazine articles, and TV shows that The U.S. vs. John Lennon barely justifies its own existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 6, 2006
Explicitly, the film is pure fluff, a competently detailed catalog of Lennon's political ambitions told in the visual shorthand of the VH1 rock-doc.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 30, 2006
If anything this film proves that song can have more impact than a little toe tapping and tub-thumping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2006
As a big John Lennon fan, I was looking forward to seeing this documentary, but was disappointed by its relative simplicity in scope and presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 22, 2006
...the film feels like an unintentional parody of liberal documentaries that transform complex topics into elaborate cinematic peace signs.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
September 1, 2006
In this Che Guevara t-shirt of a film, the same cliche 'them and us' shadow play that MTV and VH1 stage in everything they produce about the American 1960s is extended so excruciatingly that the era seems to occur year by year in real time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 29, 2006
The aim may be laudable, but nothing gets hit except some awfully tired targets. And fatigue doesn't resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2006
The film's first half has zero to do with its title, and its second half digs up familiar turf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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