The U.S. vs. John Lennon Reviews

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December 30, 2006
If anything this film proves that song can have more impact than a little toe tapping and tub-thumping.
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.
October 28, 2006
The film paints with swaggeringly broad strokes, the basic thesis being Lennon = good, government = bad.
October 2, 2006
A solid but unremarkable piece...will be more at home on the tube.
October 1, 2006
A refresher course in the perils of celebrity and activism, but its syllabus and insights are purely remedial.
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.
September 29, 2006
The film's first half has zero to do with its title, and its second half digs up familiar turf.
September 29, 2006
The aim may be laudable, but nothing gets hit except some awfully tired targets. And fatigue doesn't resonate.
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.
September 28, 2006
a great retro ride for those who miss those trippy days, but not much of an educational experience.
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.
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.
September 23, 2006
It feels as if [Ono's] cooperation resulted in a softened perspective on the musician-turned- activist-turned-icon.
September 22, 2006
...the film feels like an unintentional parody of liberal documentaries that transform complex topics into elaborate cinematic peace signs.
September 15, 2006
Imagine a naive, simplistic documentary about the most complex, cynical member of the Beatles.
September 15, 2006
There's little sign of the honest ambivalence that made Lennon a great artist, if a questionable spokesman.
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.
September 14, 2006
Makes the case that, in just about every way that counted, Lennon was a better person than Richard M. Nixon.
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!).
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.
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