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Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 4, 2011
    60
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 1, 2011
    60
    "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.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 12, 2011
    50
    Killing Bono whips up a frenzied mix of musical jealousy, wishful stardom and farcical lucklessness into a movie too slippery to hold onto.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Nov 1, 2011
    50
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Nov 2, 2011
    42
    There's a difference between "funny" and "comedy," and the movie adaptation of Killing Bono tries way too hard to be nutty, at the expense of just getting across what McCormick knows.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 4, 2011
    40
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Nov 1, 2011
    40
    A clever idea that can't find its feet on the bigger stage.
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  1. Feb 24, 2012
    5
    Entertaining movie about the varying fortunes of two bands competing with each other while the members are still in school, one being U2Entertaining movie about the varying fortunes of two bands competing with each other while the members are still in school, one being U2 obviously. It follows the path of the unsuccessful band and the relationship of the two brothers who front the band. While very funny in parts with a few laugh out loud moments I thought the last half hour felt strained and didn't sit well with the rest of the movie and left me a little disappointed Full Review »