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.
November 24, 2006
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.
November 24, 2006
Lennon's spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon.
October 28, 2006
The film paints with swaggeringly broad strokes, the basic thesis being Lennon = good, government = bad.
October 12, 2006
Humanizing Lennon to those who might find the man a bit inaccessible, and adding the word 'courage' to his long list of positive attributes.
October 1, 2006
A refresher course in the perils of celebrity and activism, but its syllabus and insights are purely remedial.
September 29, 2006
Documentarians David Leaf and John Scheinfeld go beyond the usual glibness, revealing a much fuller portrait of the man.
September 29, 2006
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.
September 29, 2006
Concentrates on Lennon's post-Beatles years, in which he did a lot of great work that's overlooked today, and it's good to have a lot shown on that period.
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
Entertaining, and a history lesson in hysteria (both on the side of Nixon and the protest movement) for people who were not there.
September 29, 2006
Probably should be seen as an addendum to a much larger story of turmoil in the U.S., but it does have something that elevates a now-familiar story of protest and dissent: plenty of footage of Lennon and lots of Lennon's music.
September 29, 2006
Works by reminding us of Lennon's best qualities: His impish, imperturbable sense of humor, his quick intelligence, his successful bantering with a hostile crush of world press mercenaries.
September 29, 2006
It's great to see a lot of this footage of Lennon -- playful, engaged, warm and spontaneous.
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 29, 2006
The documentary's a hagiography, no mistake about it, but a fascinating one all the same, and it makes the case that Lennon was as much a genius provocateur as he was a cracked saint.
September 28, 2006
Readers tempted to write off that episode as yet another paranoid fantasy of The Left should take heed: The U.S. vs. John Lennon includes the firsthand testimony of the spies themselves, from apostate FBI agents to the unapologetic G. Gordon Liddy.
September 28, 2006
It's full-up with footage that shows the hero of the Yoko Ono-sanctioned film to be as witty, entertaining and dependably charismatic as ever, and rarely as simple-minded as his detractors would have it.
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