A Hard Day's Night Reviews

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
A Hard Day's Night is a chance to experience to the joyous, early days of pop - while at the same time noting how the pressures of re-energising national life were beginning to close in on the enchanting innocence of youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine
September 18, 2014
This re-release offers a refreshed glimpse of a long-lost English Atlantis-and a farewell to it.
J.C. Mašek III
PopMatters
August 18, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 15, 2014
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
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 3, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Top Critic
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 17, 2014
The movie never feels like a nostalgia trip. It moves, breathes and sings with life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
July 7, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
July 7, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
July 7, 2014
The results remain pop perfection.
Scott A. Mantz
Access Hollywood
July 7, 2014
Pure, delirious, irresistible joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
July 7, 2014
The whole movie is an ecstatic mix of serendipity and invention. The Beatles were ready for their cinematic breakthrough.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
July 6, 2014
Part musical bonanza, part laugh-out-loud farce, part satirical social document.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 4, 2014
It's more than a movie; it's a key artifact (minus must or muss) of a cultural phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
July 4, 2014
At a time when Elvis and Cliff were still making old-style musicals, this forerunner of the modern music video smashed the mould.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 3, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 3, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 3, 2014
The simple joys of mucking about are captured in this madcap concert tour farce with the Beatles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 3, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
July 3, 2014
Comes bouncing at you from every angle, rubbery and untameable with the joys of teenagehood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 3, 2014
Rejected the status quo with an irreverent, quick-cutting documentary style that could fairly be described as mod, rocking and mocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 13, 2001
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