Across the Universe Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
A baby-boomer masturbatory center
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
March 29, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 6, 2008
Visually and thematically audacious...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 30, 2008
A marvelous visual experience that works even for non-Beatles fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
August 2, 2008
chooses cheesy and nostalgic mis-en-scene over meaningful engagement with the musical material. A terrible disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 47/100
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 10, 2008
'Across the Universe' is whimsical silliness, imaginatively constructed but precious and gratingly excessive.
| Original Score: 2/4
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
Across the Universe doesn't completely work, but when it does, you're in for one wild and wonderful ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 7, 2008
The DVD two-disk set gives us the remarkable movie plus lots of extras
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
February 4, 2008
Proves compelling enough to give meaning to the whole as a successful experiment and stylization, if predictable and sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
February 4, 2008
A shorter cut, stripped of some of the forced multiculturalism and contemporary political references, would play like gangbusters in middle schools.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 4, 2008
For my money, give me the original songs and a beer any day, but for a cute treat with a linear story and engaging characters, I suggest "Across the Universe"...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 3, 2008
It's a dicey proposition to reverse-engineer a story, and Across the Universe shows the strain...[nonetheless] a very impressive music-video anthology. [DVD review included.]
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 9, 2008
While the story is not entirely coherent, the great Beatles music and numerous effective cast musical performances makes up for the film's narrative weakness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
December 6, 2007
Uma obra frustrante, mas suficientemente curiosa para merecer uma pouco efusiva recomendação.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 18, 2007
Misses by the size of the Atlantic Ocean in getting to what the Beatles were about.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 7, 2007
Thoroughly entertaining and delightfully tuneful, this fun little film will have you singing to yourself for days afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
November 3, 2007
an ambitious mess of a movie that stretches a thin premise across a bold canvas, resulting in moments of near ecstasy mixed with a nagging lack of emotional involvement
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
November 2, 2007
It's more than a nostalgia trip. The real pleasure lies in Taymor's ability to make it all seem brand new.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
FilmStew.com
October 27, 2007
Whatever one thinks of it, it's clear that this film isn't made from a recipe for mainstream American embrace.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 27, 2007
Julie Taymor's adventure in Beatle-land is a huge success, ripping the songs that defined a generation and its (dashed) hopes for peace in a microcosm of a love story
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