Killing Bono
Killing Bono (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 16, 2012
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Jenkins
NPR

While Barnes and Sheehan are persuasive as the squabbling siblings, the music-biz mockery is blunt and obvious.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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Matt Singer
IFC.com

An amusingly fluffy musical biopic.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

A charming admixture of "Goodfellas" and "Almost Famous," "Killing Bono" is a fanciful rock tale that is nevertheless based on a true story.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

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Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

the story of what would charitably be called a wackadoo

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A shapeless rock-music caper that, like its deluded antihero, just doesn't know when to stop.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

The migraine of a story arc needed sharp comedy reflexes or, at least, a live-wire/slummy star turn and got neither.

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Alison Willmore
Movieline

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?

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I really enjoyed this film. I had so much fun watching this movie, and I personally found it fantastic. I have not read the book, but I loved what was done in… More
Eric Broome
The premise of "Killing Bono" -- that teen classmates of U2 would simultaneously form their own band and struggle for recognition while jealously… More
Candy Rose
Very funny movie about Neil McCormick and his brother Ivan who want to be rock stars. But they are over shadowed by their school friend Paul aka Bono. This… More
Jason Reneau
Writer Neil McCormick's memoir about his failed attempt at becoming a world-famous musician. Is given the comedic-treatment in KILLING BONO. Which is… More
Walter M.
It all starts so innocently in Dublin when Ivan(Robert Sheehan) auditions for a band that Paul(Martin McCann) is putting together. Paul wants him as rhythm… More
Deb Jarnagin
Had funny moments.... Love Bono