• Released
  • November 4, 2011
  • (Limited 11/4)
  • R , 1 hr 54 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Comedy
75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Killing Bono begs to be remade with A-list stars but, given Neil's history of near-misses, probably won't be.
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70

Movieline

It's that mean edge to Killing Bono's storytelling, none of it directed at the famous figure of the title, that makes it more than the film equivalent of someone's prize bar anecdote about the celebrity he knew (and could have been - nay, should have been) back in the day.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

This cleverly conceived, behind-the-scenes tale features fine lead performances and enough nods to the epic group's early days to interest fans outside the U.K.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
"Amadeus" it's not, but as light transitional music, the film-which has Pete Postlethwaite's final performance, as a swishy landlord-is tuneful enough.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Director Nick 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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50

Variety

By Leslie Felperin
Taking liberties with journalist Neil McCormick's memoir to create narrative tension, screenwriters Simon Maxwell and prolific scribe team Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais ("The Commitments") overstuff the story with subplots and trite character arcs.
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
Killing Bono whips up a frenzied mix of musical jealousy, wishful stardom and farcical lucklessness into a movie too slippery to hold onto.
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40

Empire

A clever idea that can't find its feet on the bigger stage.
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40

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
What could have been a moderately entertaining short film is yanked to intolerable lengths in Killing Bono, a shapeless rock-music caper that, like its deluded antihero, just doesn't know when to stop.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
Rather than organically develop its characters, it charts their evolution via silly outfit changes, treating the early '80s as a costume bin for flavor-of-the-week aping gags, with the band going from Gary Numan style shirts and skinny ties to lavish glam-rock costumes.
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46 out of 100
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