The U.S. vs. John Lennon
The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 29, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it glosses over anything negative about Lennon, this documentary offers a lot of fascinating archival footage, plus its political issues still have relevance for today.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Humanizing Lennon to those who might find the man a bit inaccessible, and adding the word 'courage' to his long list of positive attributes.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A powerful statement about how in a country of "democracy," the peace keepers are deemed the most dangerous to civilization...

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Lennon's spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Documentarians David Leaf and John Scheinfeld go beyond the usual glibness, revealing a much fuller portrait of the man.

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Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies

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.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

The film paints with swaggeringly broad strokes, the basic thesis being Lennon = good, government = bad.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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

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I love a good documentary. It's weird, I can appreciate a good Beatles documentary, yet I prefer covers of their music as opposed to the original. Having… More
Sarah Prisbylla
Interesting documentary that draws an uneasy parallel between the Vietnam & Iraq wars.
Wu Chouin
Give peace a chance.