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Chapter 27 Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… watching Leto try to become a method actor. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Chapter 27 is far from flawless, but Leto disappears inside this angry, mouth-breathing psycho geek with a conviction that had me hanging on his every delusion.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Mature, slow-moving Lennon assassination drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this slow-moving assassination drama deals with mature themes, including insanity, obsession, and murder. The primary violence is the shooting of John Lennon, which is shown in an impressionistic but still briefly disturbing scene. Chapman rails against a gay couple (there are audible sounds of sex off-screen) and hires a scantily dressed prostitute who gets into bed with him (nothing explicit, just creepy). Language includes "f--k" and "c--t" (both spoken by a background character), and other mild obscenities. Characters smoke cigarettes, and Chapman drinks beer.

  • Families can talk about how media attention to the assassination of public figures is appealing to some killers, who desire fame. Can you think of other potentially negative consequences of media news coverage? How about positive ones? Families can also discuss the lingering interest in John Lennon and his murder. How is the act symbolic beyond its time and place? What are the various prices of celebrity culture, both for celebrities and for consumers, who might lose track of their own lives in pursuing information about their idols?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Chapman is plainly delusional and angry; a photographer at the Dakota is focused on his paparazzo mission.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Throughout the film, Chapman plans to shoot Lennon: He practices in front of a mirror with his gun, describes his scheme, and finally shoots (blasts and screaming are heard). The scene is loud and distressing, but brief.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Mark listens to a gay couple in the next room at the YMCA as they make love (audible moaning and gasping). A magazine shows a woman's breasts. Chapman hires a prostitute who wears a low-cut dress, then removes it at his behest (cleavage, nude back, body silhouette visible). Chapman appears in his underpants, seated on the bed with the prostitute.

  • language false3

    Language: A couple of background uses of "f--k" by a man on the sidewalk who also calls a woman a "bitch" and a "c--t." Other language includes "goddamned," "hell," and "s--t."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Chapman drinks beer; several characters smoke cigarettes.