Killing Bono
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Killing Bono is a rock' n' roll comedy about two Irish brothers struggling to forge their path through the 1980's music scene, whilst the meteoric rise to fame of their old school pals U2 only serves to cast them deeper into the shadows. -- (C) Arc

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While Barnes and Sheehan are persuasive as the squabbling siblings, the music-biz mockery is blunt and obvious."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Hamm's movie is sparky and fun, and full of affectionate pokes at the '80s music scene. It's also, in terms of music biopics, probably better than the real thing."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"An amusingly fluffy musical biopic."
‑ Matt Singer,
"Killing Bono never really gets going, mostly because it has no real idea of how to convey joy, pain, or any type of emotional progression."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"Killing Bono's rise-and-fall arc is a little predictable, but the cast is spirited and U2 fans should get a kick out of the references to the band's early days."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"A charming admixture of "Goodfellas" and "Almost Famous," "Killing Bono" is a fanciful rock tale that is nevertheless based on a true story."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"There's a difference between "funny" and "comedy," and the movie adaptation of Killing Bono tries way too hard to be nutty, at the expense of just getting across what McCormick knows."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"the story of what would charitably be called a wackadoo"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Don't expect any factual expose about the formative years of U2; this is more of a rock farce in which the band is sort of a plot device."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Like an overlong guitar solo, the film sags badly in the middle as mouthy Neil sabotages his own career again and again, but co-writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais provide plenty of gags and the performances are full of vim."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"A shapeless rock-music caper that, like its deluded antihero, just doesn't know when to stop."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The migraine of a story arc needed sharp comedy reflexes or, at least, a live-wire/slummy star turn and got neither."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Neil's not a very likable protagonist - he's actually often awful - but who can't relate to that nagging certainty that one's destined for great things?"
‑ Alison Willmore, Movieline
"It's certainly lightweight, but there's nothing at all wrong with that. I thoroughly enjoyed it."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"It's awash with broad humour, comedic contrivances and sitcom setups."
‑ Ed Whitfield, What Culture
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