Chapter 27
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First-time writer/director J.P. Schaefer takes the reins for this haunting look at the mental collapse of Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to the murder of legendary musician John Lennon. Jared Leto stars as the man whose awe of Lennon and unrelenting drive to achieve infamy pushed him to pull the trigger on the former Beatle, and Lindsay Lohan stars as the devoted Lennon fan who befriended the killer on that fateful New York weekend. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"his drama, about the three days leading up to the murder, never overcomes its inherent ghoulishness, largely because Chapman, like so many mentally ill people, is a huge bore."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The film is impressively mounted and Schaefer has made a directorial debut of distinction, but it is an uncomfortable ride from the opening scenes of Chapman arriving in New York to the inevitable, inexorable final scene."
‑ Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
"Despite all his obvious effort and admirable Stanislavskian immersion, his Chapman is pure cinematic affectation, a compendium of great movie madmen of the past."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"Despite the subject, the script is flat. Despite using the real locations, the production looked cheesy. Finally, the decision to strip Mark David Chapman (John Lennon's killer) of any humanity makes the narrative decidedly one note."
‑ Adam Fendelman,
"If [director] Schaefer's intent was to provide some sort of insight into Chapman's character, some hint of explanation for this senseless tragedy, he fails, probably because there's none to be found beyond one lonely guy's addled brain chemistry."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Chapter 27 just makes you feel bad for, and about, everybody -- including the wretched souls who made the thing."
‑ Jim Emerson, Chicago Sun-Times
"Chapter 27 is far from flawless, but Leto disappears inside this angry, mouth-breathing psycho geek with a conviction that had me hanging on his every delusion."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The eternal question of why Chapman shot Lennon is not answered. And that's probably because there IS no real reason."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Stop the madness and please avoid this film at all costs."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"It's a train-wreck turn in a dreary movie about a self-pitying loser responsible for murdering a beloved pop icon."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"By the end of this modest, strange venture, Leto made me believe it was worth being forced to hang out on the sidewalk with this man, if only to get a creeping sense of what that might've been like."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"There are cheesy special effects and even cheesier gags, and the schmaltz eventually piles on neck-deep."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Imagine hanging out in the head of a psychotic, indefensible loser for 80 minutes and getting nothing worth remembering or admiring in return."
‑ Brian Tallerico, The Deadbolt
"The film manages to be entirely about Mark David Chapman without saying a single insightful thing about him."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"[Leto's] mumbled voiceover may perfectly reflect Chapman's inner world. [But] who wants to enter that world? Neither Chapman ... nor his inner life is very interesting ... I was looking at my watch before the first third of the movie had passed."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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