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  • Summary: On December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman shocked the world by murdering the beloved purveyor of peace, 40-year-old musician and activist John Lennon, outside The Dakota, his New York apartment building. Chapman's motives were fabricated from pure delusion, fueled by an obsession with the fictional character Holden Caulfield and his similar misadventures in J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. In one instant, an anonymous, mentally unstable 25-year-old, a socially awkward Beatles fan who had fluctuated between idealizing Lennon and being overcome with a desire to kill him, altered the course of history. Jared Leto, 60 pounds heavier for the role, bears an uncanny physical resemblance to the real Chapman, who remains incarcerated in Attica Correctional Facility on a guilty plea. Aside from a Larry King interview in 1992, he has never spoken with the media. However, Chapman did reveal the mechanics of his unraveling over three fateful days in New York City to crime journalist Jack Jones. Those interviews were published in 1992 as Let Me Take You Down: Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman, a book of Chapman's recollections of his unthinkable act of violence. From this text, the film Chapter 27 is based. (Peace Arch Entertainment) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 8 out of 19
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    High praise to the cast and crew. Jared Leto is mesmeric as the bloated, deranged Chapman. It's a brilliantly measured performance, evincing the tale of a madman through his own awful rhyme and reason.
  3. Reviewed by: Joel Selvin
    An uncomfortable ride.
  4. 40
    There's virtually no context provided here, about Lennon or the Beatles or New York or Chapman himself. To put it another way, the film's entire context IS Chapman.
  5. 38
    Don't hammer this film for trying to get inside the head of Mark David Chapman before he shot John Lennon outside the rock legend's New York apartment on December 8th, 1980. Hammer it instead for failing to do so with any depth or insight.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jared Leto gained some 70 pounds. Seemingly following his lead, the pic itself is heavy, lethargic, and exasperating.
  7. 0
    Perhaps the harshest criticism that can be directed at Chapter 27 is that it's awful even for a late-period Lindsay Lohan movie. It might even be bad enough to inspire "Catcher" author J.D. Salinger to break his decades of public silence to speak out against this high-camp fiasco.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. JasminS.
    Apr 8, 2008
    People should give this movie a chance! Brilliant performance by Jared Leto!
  2. LukazF.
    Mar 28, 2008
    It's a fantastic and "noir", movie!!! Lindsay e Leto shining!!!
  3. Aug 25, 2014
    I didn't expect much when I began to watch this movie. I have heard Jared Leto's (who plays Chapman) various comments, and that is what I basically wanted to see: a failure of humanity. The movie wasn't perhaps very insightful or emotion-wrenching, but it had a certain allure in it. If nothing else, it is in a way very human. Not too deep, and portraying the maddness in it just fine.

    Watch before you start boycotting it. This is not a documentary, nor a tribute to anyone, but a little intake to the madness living in all of us.
  4. Robin
    Jun 1, 2008
    Jared Leto disappears into Chapman, and is pathetic and deranged without going too far over the top. Lohan is generally unconvincing, but stays in her place. As a film, it's well produced - direction, music, editing and photography. It's interesting, but I doubt if it can be called entertaining. Expand
  5. KartikS.
    Aug 24, 2009
    while in no means is this the best movie around, I think that people are being too harsh on this film. This accurately depicts what happened during those three days, and that's all he was trying to accomplish; recreate John Lennon's death and the events leading up to it. That is all he was trying to do. Expand
  6. JayH.
    Jun 26, 2008
    Very very slow moving and Jared Leto's performance fails to convince. He did well looking the part though. It doesn't delve into the character of Mark David Chapman enough, only scratches the surface. It almost makes it. Expand
  7. JayJ
    Apr 9, 2008
    Boring, awful and unnecessary. Leto is boring as Lennon's murderer and his performance is without substance. Jarrett P. Shaeffer strikes out in his film making debut. We learn nothing about why Chapman murdered Lennon and that is sad.A pathetic excuse for a movie that belongs in the trash bin. Expand