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The Killing of John Lennon

Not Rated In Theaters 01/2/2008 , 112min.
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November 08, 2008
You know what? This idiot'; no matter how deranged or whatever, deserves to be castrated so he oes not poison the world with his off spring. That may seem ungodly coming from a child of God, But this lame ass killed one of the most notworthy voices of the 20rst century!!!! oh what this world could be musically if this man had survived...kll the bastard!!!!! he does not deserve the air that he
September 12, 2008
fair points he was a great musician. but to be honest the image the director was trying to persue was that of the idea mark chapman realised john lennon was a phony, he said in his song about how you dont need everything to be happy in the world yet he still wanted everything. hipocrite springs to mind? maybe mark chapman was one of the only ones to realise he was a fake and that the killing of
May 22, 2008
Being a fan of the Beatles since that Sunday night in 1964 I, and I'm sure other Beatle fans as well, think nothing can explain why that A-hole did what he did.The guy shot a Beatle! And not just any Beatle. John was the founder of the group that changed music forever. They influenced a whole decade. He preached peace and love only to have his life cut short in such a cowardly fashion.I hope
May 22, 2008
After two decades of refusing to utter the name of John Lennon's murderer, these people decide to glorify one of the worst assasinations of the 20th century. However the movie treats him, whatever it might uncover about the inner workings of an evil murderer, or whatever excuse the filmmakers had, it gives the assassin the notoriety and fame he killed one of the legendary talents and cultural

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Village Voice
Director Andrew Piddington's fastidiously researched, dubiously suspenseful character portrait is unable to salvage a lick of hindsight from the tragedy beyond "Murderous narcissists are people, too." (He's a victim of our celebrity-fixated culture? Oh, shut up.) Full Review
Eddie Cockrell
Anchored by a fearless, commanding lead perf by newcomer Jonas Ball as deranged assassin Mark David Chapman, The Killing of John Lennon is a harrowing, impressionistic, widescreen tour-de-force that unfolds with the propulsive urgency of a scrapbook thrown into a howling wind. Full Review
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Boasts an undeniable technical proficiency and historical authenticity, but this docudrama detailing assassin Mark David Chapman's obsession, stalking and eventual murder of the beloved Beatle nonetheless has an unavoidably exploitative feel. Full Review
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Piddington does a beautiful balancing act, creating a movie that works both on the level of suspense and as a detailed factual chronicle. Full Review
Ken Fox
TV Guide
It's a "Taxi Driver"-inspired odyssey into violence and insanity that runs close to two hours -- a long time to be riding shotgun with a madman. Full Review

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