Chapter 27
Chapter 27 (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 25, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite Jared Leto's committed performance, Chapter 27 fails to penetrate to mind of Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's killer.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Josh Rosenblatt
Austin 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.

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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times

Chapter 27 just makes you feel bad for, and about, everybody -- including the wretched souls who made the thing.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

The eternal question of why Chapman shot Lennon is not answered. And that's probably because there IS no real reason.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

There are cheesy special effects and even cheesier gags, and the schmaltz eventually piles on neck-deep.

Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt

Imagine hanging out in the head of a psychotic, indefensible loser for 80 minutes and getting nothing worth remembering or admiring in return.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Lindsay plays her future self in a movie about some fuck with a gun and sideburns and he thinks hes Holden bla bla bla "John Lennon, sign my baseball cap,… More
Chris Weber
It could have had a bit more substance or provided a bit more concrete reasons WHY MDC did what he did, but other than that, this is a really interesting and… More
Lady D'arbanville
Not exactly what I expected of this film, of course it represents the facts along with some assumptions no doubt, of the events leading up to the assassination… More
MisterYoda ?
Chapter 27 had the potential to be a good movie but it got lost along the way. The movie seemed to be in the shadow of the fact that Jared Leto turned into a… More
Conner Rainwater
I was really impressed with Jared Leto's performance. He played the character so well that I didn't even think it was him at any point, he was Mark… More
Michael Gildea
Chapter 27 had the potential to be a good movie but it got lost along the way. The movie seemed to be in the shadow of the fact that Jared Leto turned into a… More