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A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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99

Average Rating: 8.5/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 98 | 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
User Ratings: 48,756

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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.
June 18, 2012:
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All Critics (100) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (98) | 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
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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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The Beatles might break into song at any moment or they might run around a park goofing around while their songs are playing, but these moments truly work and they clearly helped to lay the groundwork for MTV Videos and musicals to come.

August 18, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

an art film and an exploitation film, a comedy and a musical, a celebration of the Beatles and a satire of their fame and fortune

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Critic Andrew Sarris wasn't just playing the fanboy when he described this movie as 'The Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals.' He just might have been selling it short.

August 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

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

Audience Reviews for A Hard Day's Night

The Beatles prepare for a show that night, but the lads are always goofing off, chasing girls, and trying to track down Paul's grandfather. Silly, witty and nearly plotless, this musical comedy is a masterpiece of image manipulation, with the Beatles coming off as totally non-threatening rebels. Paul's "clean" grandfather steals the show.
July 31, 2014
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Greg S

Super Reviewer

A Hard Day's Night is not particularly deep but it is fun - displaying an irreverent charm that is joyous. The Beatles come across as likable and witty. It simplifies their personalities and then amplifies them in short easy to digest sound bites. Yes, they are caricatures of their personas but these are appealing distortions of themselves. The production is highlighted by a manic energy. There are a lot of funny bits contained within. My favorite: Ringo puts his coat down for a girl so that she can walk across a muddy puddle several times before she ultimately falls down a deep hole. Oh and let's not forget the music! As far as this Beatles fan is concerned, every song is gold, but highlights include: "If I Fell", "And I Love Her", "She Loves You", "Can't Buy Me Love" and the title hit of course.

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July 26, 2014
hobster1

Super Reviewer

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
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    1. Paul McCartney: We're a community, majority vote, up the workers and all that stuff!
    – Submitted by Jessica C (21 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 (22 months ago)
    1. Society reporter: What do you call that haircut?
    2. George Harrison: ARTHUR.
    – Submitted by Humberto F (23 months ago)
    1. John Lennon: I now declare this bridge open!
    – Submitted by Geraldo G (24 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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