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A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

tomatometer

99

Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 95 | Rotten: 1

A Hard Day's Night, despite its age, is still a delight to watch and has proven itself to be a rock-and-roll movie classic.

97

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 1

A Hard Day's Night, despite its age, is still a delight to watch and has proven itself to be a rock-and-roll movie classic.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
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Movie Info

The year is 1964 and four young lads from Liverpool are about to change the world - if only the madcap world will let them out of their hotel room. Richard Lester's boldly contemporary rock n' roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members, and reveals the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy.

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Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy

Alun Owen

Sep 24, 2002

$0.5M

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April 29, 2014:
A Hard Day's Night Returning to Theaters
The Beatles' classic will make a limited run over the July 4 weekend.
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All Critics (97) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (95) | Rotten (1) | DVD (24)

The movie never feels like a nostalgia trip. It moves, breathes and sings with life.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The results remain pop perfection.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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The whole movie is an ecstatic mix of serendipity and invention. The Beatles were ready for their cinematic breakthrough.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
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Rejected the status quo with an irreverent, quick-cutting documentary style that could fairly be described as mod, rocking and mocking.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Let's talk about joy, and about wistfulness, because one so often trails the other, and both are woven into the DNA of A Hard Day's Night.

July 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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At best, it is fun. But "fun" is not an aesthetic experience: fun remains on the surface. I have nothing against the surface. But it belongs where it is and shouldn't be taken for anything else.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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As invigorating and funny now as it was on its original release half a century ago, A Hard Day's Night offers both a perfect showcase for the Beatles and an intriguing snapshot of fast-changing, early-1960s British society.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

It's pure joy as I Should Have Known Better, And I Love Her and Tell Me Why pour out over footage of thousands of screaming, weeping schoolgirls with bouffant hair and miniskirts pursuing John, Paul, George and Ringo.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Pure, delirious, irresistible joy.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Access Hollywood
Access Hollywood

Part musical bonanza, part laugh-out-loud farce, part satirical social document.

July 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It's more than a movie; it's a key artifact (minus must or muss) of a cultural phenomenon.

July 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

At a time when Elvis and Cliff were still making old-style musicals, this forerunner of the modern music video smashed the mould.

July 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

An anarchic, ground-breaking breath of fresh air that weaves a fictional romp around a chaotic day in the life of the Fab Four as they try to make it to their big show.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A Hard Day's Night looks chaotic and slapdash enough (and just occasionally, for me, depressing enough) to count as an experimentalist or underground movie.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The simple joys of mucking about are captured in this madcap concert tour farce with the Beatles.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Richard Lester was the man born to direct this kinetic, kaleidoscopic comedy-with-songs, starring a quartet still fresh from the first gusts of chart-topping fame.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Comes bouncing at you from every angle, rubbery and untameable with the joys of teenagehood.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Of its time, sure, but eternally entertaining.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Make a date to catch this on the big screen and be rewarded with pure magic.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Even when the band plays away from private eyes or songs simply play over disconnected footage of them having fun, the strength of their songcraft is stirring.

June 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Worth re-watching over and over again to relive the Beatles music, personalities, and lasting legacy.

June 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for A Hard Day's Night

Created and meant merely to promote the latest youth fad of the moment, herein is a flower saved between the pages of Western civilisation's diary of a wonderful day we all shared once. The Kennedys, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, Twiggy and the Mods, why it seemed as if we all were taking the first real breath of fresh air since WWII ... and at the center of the excitement for hope of a new day: four youngsters with long hair ("moptops") dancing about and singing. Richard Lester's postcard of that day still resonates though it all seems so very long ago ... 50 years ago, to be exact. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!
July 3, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

As a Beatles fan this was perfect for me. It shows the boys at the beginning of their fame with some of their (in my opinion) best music. Loved it.
October 23, 2011
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

The Beatles' debut feature film (well, as a group) is a masterpiece. I can't say anything about LET IT BE or YELLOW SUBMARINE, as I have not yet seen those two, but if you are trying to decide on whether to rent this or HELP!, rent this, no questions asked. It appears somewhat as a black-and-white documentary, but then you see and hear a Beatles number being performed, and it's immediately a musical. If you want a good movie from rock's best band, try this. I'm sure you'll love it.
September 24, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

For the Beatles first of many kooky and quirky feel good movies, Hard Day's Night is certainly the most beautiful and well shot out of them all. Black and white, crisp and yet fragile, the shots were picked with the precision of the gods, some amazing cinematography and innovative choices in the way this was directed. The film's premise is to follow The Beatles in a day in their life, which apparently consists of screaming fans, depraved relatives wandering off and on the stage, and some freaking awesome performances. Everyone loves their music (no arguments) so even if you can't get caught up in the dry British humor and zany antics of the foursome, then you can sit back and listen to the enticing songs and accompanying scores, sometimes playing over their silent actions, and a lot of the time taking place in a recording studio or onstage amongst a flock of mod 60's brit chicks. Along for the ride is their frantic manager, a foreign television director, and Paul's sex addicted grandfather (oh yeah). They're pretty cute, attending to their wiley needs as some ruffian kids, getting picked up by the authorities very easily, the grandfather following them around, messing up their plans with the aforethought of an advanced toddler. It's a great nostalgia trip and a look into a "realistic" day in the life of the greatest band ever.
August 26, 2011
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

    1. Paul McCartney: We're a community, majority vote, up the workers and all that stuff!
    – Submitted by Jessica C (20 months ago)
    1. John Lennon: He's a nice old man, isn't he?
    2. Paul McCartney: He's very clean.
    – Submitted by Shishuraj K (21 months ago)
    1. Society reporter: What do you call that haircut?
    2. George Harrison: ARTHUR.
    – Submitted by Humberto F (22 months ago)
    1. John Lennon: I now declare this bridge open!
    – Submitted by Geraldo G (23 months ago)
    1. Society reporter: [to John Lennon] Tell me, how did you find America?
    2. John Lennon: Turn left to Greenland.
    – Submitted by Jerid N (2 years ago)
    1. Norm: Ringo what are you up to?
    2. Ringo Starr: Page five.
    – Submitted by Jessica C (2 years ago)
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