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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Lennon's spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon. Powerful stuff. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Within limits, this is an excellent documentary. Even fans who think they've seen everything will see things here they haven't seen. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Loosely organized but still fascinating. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    While there is nothing particularly new in the film, it is a stirring celebration of a man of enormous talent, humor and humanity, laid waste by an assassin in New York in 1980. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The thing that shines through most clearly, though, is Lennon himself. His widow allowed unprecedented access to the family archives, which along with ample newsreel footage bring us his presence once again. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    People who love Lennon will almost certainly like the film; his detractors will almost certainly howl "bias!" Even so, it's a movie that, at its best, makes you ache with the memory of an anguished era and its fallen pop culture hero. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Ending the film with a perfunctory run-through of Lennon's murder on the doorstep of his Manhattan apartment building, however, foregrounds an unfortunate irony: Had the INS succeeded in forcing Lennon out of the U.S., he might be alive today. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The primary talking head is Ono, of course, who's serenely protective of Lennon's greater legacy. Her cooperation ties the film's hands, but only to a point. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Documents the Nixon administration's failed, almost comically inept attempt to deport the most political of The Beatles and his wife, Yoko Ono. Given the latter's cooperation with the filmmakers, it comes as no surprise the Lennons come off as saints. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A nice little documentary that provides a view of recent history for those who didn't live through it, or a nostalgia trip for those who did. However, as vehicle for presenting anything new or surprising, it fails. show more

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