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  • Summary: Two brothers attempt to become global rock stars but can only look on as old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world. (Arc Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 4, 2011
    75
    Killing Bono begs to be remade with A-list stars but, given Neil's history of near-misses, probably won't be.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Nov 1, 2011
    70
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Nov 3, 2011
    70
    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.
  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: Michael Atkinson
    Nov 1, 2011
    30
    The migraine of a story arc needed sharp comedy reflexes or, at least, a live-wire/slummy star turn and got neither.

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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 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 Expand

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