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A Hard Day's Night Reviews

Jonas Mekas
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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 18, 2013
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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American-born director Richard Lester serves up a helping of what, on this side of the pond, we came to think of as kicky, mod British filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 10, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The mop-tops are likeably relaxed, with Lennon offering a few welcome moments of his dry, acerbic wit.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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It's a fine conglomeration of madcap clowning in the old Marx Brothers' style, and it is done with such a dazzling use of camera that it tickles the intellect and electrifies the nerves.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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Not only has this film not dated, it may even look fresher than it did in 1964; the zigzag cutting and camera moves, the jaunty ironies and pop-celebrity playfulness, are all standard issue now on MTV and its offspring.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

January 22, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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To watch the final concert segment is to look back decades and realize, as you do seeing vintage footage of Duke Ellington or Frank Sinatra or John Coltrane, that it's never really gotten any better.

January 19, 2001
Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
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The music video by which all other music videos must be judged. And none top it.

January 19, 2001
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Still feels brand spanking new, and way cool.

January 19, 2001
Steve Marinucci
San Jose Mercury News
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Younger fans can see what Beatlemania was really all about.

| Original Score: 4/4

January 19, 2001
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Has survived the years like a Disney cartoon classic.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

December 22, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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It captures almost everything good about its time.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

December 22, 2000
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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We loved them -- yeah, yeah, yeah. Now we can love them all over again.

December 8, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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To watch the movie, and to enjoy such pop music classics as 'All My Loving' and 'She Loves You' is not merely to saunter down Memory or Penny Lane, but to drink at pop's headwaters.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 7, 2000
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Richard Lester's tangential, effortlessly clever ode to the Fab Four, given the re-mastered print and soundtrack treatment, still feels fresh and alive.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

December 7, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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No movie of the 1960s catches that era's irreverent joy and exuberance as much as director Richard Lester's Beatlemania saga.

December 7, 2000
John Anderson
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A comedy classic that cross- pollinated Jean-Luc Godard with the four Marx brothers.

Full Review Source: Newsday

January 1, 2000

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Charged with vitality, and inventiveness.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The new, cleaned-up version (with a splendid Dolby Mono soundtrack) playing at Film Forum confirms its reputation as the greatest and most entertaining rock movie, ever.

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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In A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles, in song after song, pay homage to the faith of love, and that faith connects them to something ancient, lending this topspin musical its near oracular beauty.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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From the opening chords of the title song played over the group bemusedly fleeing from their fans, A Hard Day's Night creates pure, infectious joy.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

January 1, 2000
Al Finestone
Hollywood Reporter
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The film is mad, mad and crazy, shrewdly designed for the teenage and calculated also to attract the curious and the oldsters who enjoy this sort of thing.

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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One of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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No previous rocksploitation film had ever done so splendid a job of selling its performers.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
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A Hard Day's Night conveys not just a joy in music and The Beatles, but a joy in cinema.

January 1, 2000
Stephanie Zacharek
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An hour and a half of pure, chaotic bliss.

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January 1, 2000
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