The U.S. vs. John Lennon
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This film is a compelling and provocative look at John Lennon's transformation from beloved musical artist to anti-war activist to iconic inspiration for peace that also reveals the true story of why and how the U.S. Government tried to silence him. The film will also show that this was not just an isolated episode in American history but that the issues and struggles of that era remain relevant today.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By the time The U.S. vs. John Lennon is done, the filmmakers have reinforced the sense that pop music once produced prophets, as well as profits."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Humanizing Lennon to those who might find the man a bit inaccessible, and adding the word 'courage' to his long list of positive attributes."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A powerful statement about how in a country of "democracy," the peace keepers are deemed the most dangerous to civilization..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"An entertaining, lightweight (sometimes too much so) documentary about Lennon's deportation case"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Lennon's spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Documentarians David Leaf and John Scheinfeld go beyond the usual glibness, revealing a much fuller portrait of the man."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"An excellent documentary in charting how celebrities can use their public status for good, especially if they have the guts to turn their backs on what made them famous for a greater good."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"It's as gripping as any thriller and as moving as any drama with the added fascination of the unfathomable relationship between John and Yoko."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"If anything this film proves that song can have more impact than a little toe tapping and tub-thumping."
‑ Stella Papamichael,
"The film paints with swaggeringly broad strokes, the basic thesis being Lennon = good, government = bad."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Though Lennon's commitment to a peaceful world is vivid and unquestionable, The U.S. vs. John Lennon ultimately emerges as a picture of a different kind of commitment: a love story."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The breadth of interviews was quite good, and the film goes to great pains to situate Lennon within the wider political framework of the day. Everyone from G. Gordon Liddy to Geraldo are trotted out to either decry or justify the treatment that the Nixon"
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Um belíssimo documentário que nos faz lembrar de que, por ter existido, John Lennon fez deste um mundo melhor."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"...though I was familiar with the songs, I never really understood the message. I do now."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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