• Evan Cogswell

    ★★½ Watched by Evan Cogswell 19 Jun, 2014

    Since I'm a musician, I think a good score can make up for a mediocre script to some degree. An entire soundtrack of Beatles' songs is an awesome score, and that mostly makes up for a really stupid script.

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  • Morgan_Lightle

    ★★½ Added by Morgan_Lightle

    Turns out you don't have to go across the universe to find a missed opportunity like this one.
    For starters the story is un-focus, gazing over every potentially interesting character and cultural thing the 1960s produced. While Director Julie Taymor may be trying to give a portrait of the 60s and a love story in general, the never ending ideas become a mess with barely anything compelling.
    The songs range from descent to excellent, but there are too many (34…

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  • Crystal

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Crystal 06 Jan, 2010

    Still holds up if you ask me.

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  • TajLV

    ★★★ Added by TajLV

    Loved the way the music worked, with some clever twists to convey different meanings to some songs. All in all, I thought it was very well executed…artistic, as many have pointed out. But there is a very serious theme running through the entire film: Betrayal, and how we deal with it. At some point or other each character is betrayed and/or betrays another (or themselves). Jude’s father betrays his mother, Jude betrays his Liverpool girlfriend, etc., and of course, the…

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  • Radu Conopan

    ★★★★½ Watched by Radu Conopan 09 May, 2014

    The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

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  • Radu Conopan

    ★★★★½ Added by Radu Conopan

    The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

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  • Dan O'Sullivan

    ★½ Watched by Dan O'Sullivan 09 May, 2014

    I could dig it for a while-- Taymor’s obsessive pattern-making has its fascination; the actors are all gloriously game (Joe Anderson stands out) and inject some emotional heft into the strung-together songs; the Izzard, Bono, and Cocker cameos are very fun. However, somewhere midway through it becomes clear that Taymor’s strikingly clinical way of looking at things is all wrong for this pop-fusion touchy-feely endeavor-- bits of beauty float by in a frigid sea of overconceptualized montage-- and that they…

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  • Lucas Ferraguti

    ★★★★ Added by Lucas Ferraguti

    Sorry Paul, but i liked it.

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  • Ethan Rosenberg

    Rewatched by Ethan Rosenberg 09 May, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • shannev

    ★★★½ Added by shannev

    Can be boring at times, may feel the need to fast-forward, but the musical scenes are extraordinary. They cast the main character perfectly to represent McCartney.

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  • George Machin

    ★½ Watched by George Machin 18 Nov, 2013

    A Beatles songbook musical, suffering from the same drawbacks such a musical type often does. Across the Universe has a very contrived plot, designed to showcase the songs and little else. However, with the focus so clearly on the songs and the visual accompaniment, several of these sequences are standout. Specifically the "I Want You" and "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" numbers, which ultimately do away with most narrative relevance and go unashamedly for visual delight and surrealism, are…

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  • Robin Solsjö Höglund

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Robin Solsjö Höglund 30 Apr, 2014

    "I wanted to say to that kid who wanted to watch Across the Universe with me, uh, that I love you, and I want to hold your hand. I love that movie, have you seen that movie? It's like amazing, it's like BEATLES!"

    That statement from Catie "Boxxy" Wayne could be an entirely fitting review for this movie, but it won't be enough for me personally. There were two major events in my life (hey, "In My Life") that synchronized…

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