• Charlie Stuip

    ★★½ Watched by Charlie Stuip 03 May, 2016

    This movie was too indulgent to be successful. It dwells in a utopian view of hippie culture, relying too much on the music and not enough on the characters. Weak plot. Die hard Beatles fans will love it.

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  • pajamas

    ★★ Watched by pajamas 02 May, 2016

    i feel like i watched this on accident or smth like...
    prudence was the best part abt this white ASS film!! and the beatles are whatever don't fight w me on this.

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  • Matt Thomas

    ★★★ Rewatched by Matt Thomas 03 May, 2016

    A mess, but an admirable attempt. Taymor can never be accused of being dull, and this brims with ideas. It's just far too laden with setups for inevitable Beatles songs. Someone is 64 years old. Two characters are called Lucy and Jude etc etc. You can fill in the blanks far ahead of each scene.

    Some of the songs are really cleverly staged though. And by using some lesser known tunes there are some surprises. Bono isn't half as irritating…

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  • ryan

    ★★½ Watched by ryan 03 May, 2016

    being for the benefit of mr kite done fucked me the fuck up

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  • Gieske

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Gieske 18 Apr, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Let me start off by saying this: I love this movie. My review may sound like I'm dissecting to bits. but I love this movie.

    Across The Universe is a colorful, musical trip through the 1960's. With a Beatles-centered soundtrack, we jump into the start of the Vietnam war, and follow two people, Jude and Lucy, as their paths cross and they fall in love.

    The three main characters, Jude, Lucy and her brother, Max, are some of the best…

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  • dani leblanc

    ★★★★★ Watched by dani leblanc 22 Apr, 2016

    the beetles are ok, i guess

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  • Nik

    ★★★ Watched by Nik 20 Apr, 2016

    The second musical I've seen in a day. How did I accomplish that when I don't even like musicals? Clearly a bit different this time, as the songs are all Beatles, of course. And I understand the motivation of wanting to repurpose their catalog in new artistic ways. The Beatles 7-year career can basically perfectly sum up and represent the changes in the world culture over the decade they existed. I was moved nearly to tears by the Cirque du…

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  • taylorshehata

    ★★½ Watched by taylorshehata 17 Apr, 2016

    Although it's incredibly cheesy at some points, it was still interesting to see some classic Beatles songs in a new context. And the jukebox musical was done pretty effortlessly in that aspect.

    The setting itself is a catalyst for plot, so working a couple interesting characters in must have been no trouble at all. I also want to say that I loved the fact that the characters were not used simply for the main character's benefit or to advance the…

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  • Jules

    Added by Jules

    I love the Beatles, I seriously do. They made some of the best songs in history and I'm a HUGE fan of their music. But did this movie really have to squeeze in every single one of them? It feels forced and bloated and just... not good. The plot is paper-thin, as are the characters. Speaking of which, there are actual "main" characters who are very obviously there just so the other characters have the chance to sing a song…

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  • Spencer James K

    ★★ Added by Spencer James K

    Some nice and creative visuals from Taymor and her team but an ultimately unsatisfying, glossed up tribute to the Beatles that prioritizes the band over the film itself. The plot and characters melt into non-existence in order to shoehorn in old favourites from the Beatles catalogue, the most egregious example of this being a particularly hard to stomach sequence to the tune of "Mr. Kite". While the mountains of references might satisfy the casual Beatles fan, anyone who's ever been impacted by the Beatles' music on an emotional level will be left unfulfilled.

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  • Justin Harlan

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Justin Harlan 16 Apr, 2016

    I love the Beatles and I dig musicals. Martin Luther McCoy is especially awesome in this. I appreciate that they mixed in a few lesser known tracks. The first time I saw this, I was even introduced to a Beatles song I don't know.

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  • Tim Burnham

    ★★½ Watched by Tim Burnham 15 Apr, 2016

    Not so much a film as a psychedelic, two hour music video.  The film is beautifully shot, has interesting camerawork at times, and unique cinematography but to no purpose.

    The film is a desperate string of tenuously connected The Beatles greatest hits.  The movie does not worry so much about if a song actually fits or has a natural genesis, as long as it looks cool, sounds good, and has a pseudo thematic feel.

    There is a scene in which…

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