Across the Universe (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Psychedelic musical numbers can't mask Across the Universe's clichéd love story and uninteresting characters.


Movie Info

"Across the Universe" is a love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll, moving from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers, Jude and Lucy, along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with "Dr. Robert" and … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence and language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Julie Taymor, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2008
Box Office: $24.3M
Runtime:
Sony - Official Site

Cast


as Max Carrigan

as Sadie

as Prudence

as Jude's Father

as Lucy's Father

as Lucy's Mother

as Grandmother Carrigan

as Uncle Teddy

as Daniel's Mother

as Jo-Jo's Brother

as Gospel Singer

as Jo-Jo's Mother

as Bum/Pimp/Mad Hippie

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as Dr. Robert

as Mother Superior

as Old Guy at Tavern

as Max's Girl

as Mr. Kite

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as Bartender at Max's B...

as Jude's Liverpool Gir...

as Jude's Mother

as Cheer Coach

as Dorm Buddy

as Hooker

as Dorm Buddy

as Tavern Waitress

as Hooker

as Tavern Waitress

as Daniel

as Lucy's Sister

as High School Friend

as Cop at Wharf Warehou...

as Sadie's Manager

as SDR Worker

as Rap Magazine Employe...

as Katz's Waiter

as Army Sergeant

as Prankster

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as Bageot-Prankster

as Prankster

as Black Panther

as Fillmore Manager

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as Bartender at Max's B...

as Sadie's Singer

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as Sadie's Singer

as Sergeant on Rooftop

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as Cousin Brucie Morrow

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as Sadies Band Member

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as Dancer

as Gospel Choir Member

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Critic Reviews for Across the Universe

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (39)

A baby-boomer masturbatory center

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
CinePassion

The actors all do considerable justice to the Fab Four's classics, but they are ultimately failed by Taymor's neglect of actual story.

Full Review… | March 29, 2009
TheMovieReport.com

Visually and thematically audacious...

Full Review… | November 6, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

A marvelous visual experience that works even for non-Beatles fans.

Full Review… | September 30, 2008
Cinema Sight

chooses cheesy and nostalgic mis-en-scene over meaningful engagement with the musical material. A terrible disappointment.

Full Review… | August 2, 2008
Apollo Guide

'Across the Universe' is whimsical silliness, imaginatively constructed but precious and gratingly excessive.

April 10, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Across the Universe

The idea of a film telling its love story primarily through Beatles songs is great. An d while some versions of the classic tunes work better than others, the same goes for their according scenes. Overall, the film tries a little too hard, especially the political commentary of the late 60s is unnecessary and forced. A shorter, much more focus movie would have worked so much better. That doesn't change the fact that some, not all, of the music sequences are magical.

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Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This may sound harsh, but "Across The Universe" is basically a Beatle-themed "Glee" movie. This isn't necessarily an insult - if you like that show's alternate take on hit songs and how it incorporates the music into its plotlines, then there is no reason not to enjoy this film. If you don't like "Glee", I've probably already talked you out of it.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

four stars

YodaMasterJedi
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Super Reviewer

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