Across the Universe Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 13, 2007
One could never argue that Across the Universe isn't ambitious. However, like many ambitious movies, this one fails spectacularly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
September 14, 2007
Something that would have been a bad idea for an Off-Broadway concept show has inexplicably been turned into a bloated two hour and eleven minute movie musical.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Ella Taylor
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 13, 2007
After Hair, Hairspray and the mass marketing of tie-dye, can the '60s be shrunk to fit any further? Yes, indeed.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 13, 2007
It is overlong and under-plotted, visually vibrant but thematically pale. The characters are more alive in the original Beatles songs than they are on the screen.
| Original Score: C
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
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
A baby-boomer masturbatory center
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.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 14, 2007
Across the Universe actually renders the greatest rock and roll music ever written as desperate and irritating as Britney Spears' flop sweat.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
September 15, 2007
You have to work so hard at forgetting everything you know about the boys from Liverpool, even as the movie constantly throws their monumental achievements directly at you, that it's frequently not worth the effort
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
October 20, 2007
Across the Universe serves up a handful of brilliant music videos badly strung together by a lame narrative that borrows heavily from Hair.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 14, 2007
An interesting failure, not a fascinating one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
October 10, 2007
Trying to cram 33 songs and a reductive 'greatest hits' approach to '60s politics into one movie is a tall order.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 14, 2007
You'd have been better off sampling the brown acid at Woodstock than risking brain cells on Across the Universe, the bizarrely ornate nail Julie Taymor hammers into the Beatles' coffin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 13, 2007
When it comes to the in-between scenes, the direction falls back to a routine, rudimentary style. (It makes a far better trailer than a movie.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
World Voice News
October 11, 2007
Somehow, the Beatles' precious diamonds are glaringly missing from Lucy's sky if not in Julie's unevenly charismatic but cluttered and customary Universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
September 13, 2007
The film is too gauche to work as a real musical and too flat to work as camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 14, 2007
An example of how not to let your "grand idea" get the better of you and make you forget about the basics of moviemaking, like character, plot, and, because this one's a musical, people who can sing.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
September 29, 2007
This is like watching a car-crash in slow motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
October 3, 2007
All the stylistic flourishes in the world cannot cover up a screenplay that works better as a game to guess which song will accompany which cheesy generalization next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
September 28, 2007
Taymor has mistaken a deeply clichéd view of the late '60s for a radical slice of the zeitgeist. Let it be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
February 7, 2008
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Screen International
September 22, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 13, 2007
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