The Killing of John Lennon
The Killing of John Lennon (2006)

What sort of man kills one of the most beloved musicians in the world, and what prompts him to pull the trigger? Filmmaker Andrew Piddington explores these questions in this fact-based drama which examines several weeks in the life of Mark… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 15, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite a committed performance by newcomer Jonas Ball, The Killing of John Lennon is ultimately a flimsy character study.

Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

It's well-constructed and acted, but mainly just left me feeling like I needed a shower after an exercise in voyeurism surrounding an event that's still hard to watch.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Even if you can forgive [director] Piddington's mangling of the basics, you will find it hard to overlook his frantic use of slo-mo, a wobbly camera, freeze frames, double exposures and a close-up of a single eye.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A well-researched docudrama on the twisted mind of the 25-year-old Mark David Chapman, the nobody who killed John Lennon.

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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

Gets inside Chapman's head but never under his skin.

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Gene Seymour

The only revelations in The Killing of John Lennon are those we could have picked up ourselves, assuming we cared enough to do so.

Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

As the narrative lugubriously sticks to the documented events, we are served nothing more than a filmed transcript.

Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly

Fastidiously researched, dubiously suspenseful character portrait is unable to salvage a lick of hindsight from the tragedy beyond "murderous narcissists are people too."

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

Who is the audience here, besides depraved Beatles completists?

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Despite its vivid and imaginative style, The Killing of John Lennon is tough slogging for its nearly two-hour running time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The assassination of legendary musician John Lennon was one of the most shocking moments in the history of music. The Killing of John Lennon is a disturbing… More
Lee Kyle
Not bad but if you are going to watch a movie on Mark David Chapman then you should rent Chapter 27 with Jared Leto in the role.
Sean Gillespie
This was slightly different than the Jared Leto "Chapter 27." This was much more diverse in the background information. You actually have scenes in… More
Daisy Maduro
I can't believe I just gave 2 hours of my time to further the name of someone who was SO sick he took John Lennon away, one of the most talented… More