A Hard Day's Night Reviews

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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
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
July 7, 2014
The results remain pop perfection.
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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+
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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
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 2, 2014
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.
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Jonas Mekas
Village Voice
January 18, 2013
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.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
September 10, 2007
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The mop-tops are likeably relaxed, with Lennon offering a few welcome moments of his dry, acerbic wit.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
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.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 19, 2001
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.
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Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
January 19, 2001
The music video by which all other music videos must be judged. And none top it.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 19, 2001
Still feels brand spanking new, and way cool.
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Steve Marinucci
San Jose Mercury News
January 19, 2001
Younger fans can see what Beatlemania was really all about.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 22, 2000
Has survived the years like a Disney cartoon classic.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 22, 2000
It captures almost everything good about its time.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 8, 2000
We loved them -- yeah, yeah, yeah. Now we can love them all over again.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 7, 2000
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.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 7, 2000
Richard Lester's tangential, effortlessly clever ode to the Fab Four, given the re-mastered print and soundtrack treatment, still feels fresh and alive.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 7, 2000
No movie of the 1960s catches that era's irreverent joy and exuberance as much as director Richard Lester's Beatlemania saga.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
A comedy classic that cross- pollinated Jean-Luc Godard with the four Marx brothers.
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Variety
January 1, 2000
Charged with vitality, and inventiveness.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: A
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
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.
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Al Finestone
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
No previous rocksploitation film had ever done so splendid a job of selling its performers.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A Hard Day's Night conveys not just a joy in music and The Beatles, but a joy in cinema.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
An hour and a half of pure, chaotic bliss.