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Help! (1965)


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Critic Reviews: 3
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In their second feature with director Richard Lester, who oversaw the massive hit A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles again aim for a mix of goofy comedy and sterling pop music. There is slightly more of a plot this time, though it is a patently ridiculous one: a sacred ruby ring comes into Ringo's possession, attracting the unwelcome attention of an exotic religious cult and forcing the boys to go on the run. This chase narrative is thankfully never taken too seriously, serving mainly as an excuse

Nov 6, 2007

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For casual viewers, the whole thing has a retro charm. For Beatles fans, it's a flawed but essential film.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source:
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A Hard Day's Night may be more primitive, but it also seems more spontaneous.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The boys themselves are exuberant and uninhibited in their own genial way. They just become awfully redundant and -- dare I say it? -- dull.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
New York Times
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Madcap, nonsensical romp with the Beatles.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A fascinatingly manic adventure-comedy that doesn't always work as well as it might, but has worn much better than some of the other films made in the same vein at the same time.

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Beatles fans have always been too kind in overlooking the film's obvious flaws.

October 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

Nonsensical fun.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Already dated, but still a fun romp with the legendary Beatles.

February 18, 2006

Lester's anarchic absurdity and quick cut camera gags make for a pretty good whole.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A cheerful and cheeky death-knell for traditional standards of well-crafted filmmaking from the previous decade.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Quirky but uneven musical-comedy

July 18, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Great Beatles movie full of fun, irreverent humor

July 14, 2003

It really was phenomenal for the time, but even then, a bit thin around the edges. Our boys got to joke and meander about in a spy time spoof. Fun.

April 23, 2003

More cinematically influential than you know, this film showed that the Fab Four had great comic timing amongst their other already well-documented skills.

December 18, 2002

Wildly funny and what a soundtrack!

August 18, 2002
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

A wild and wonderful comedy that highlights the Beatles comic timing and charisma.

August 15, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

charming but slight, a step back from Hard Day's Night

July 29, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Help!

There's a script and lights and cameras and all that film tomfoolery, but that's of the least concern to the boys who openly flaunt their too-cool-for-film rock personas (and, in a way, they're absolutely right). Nonetheless, here at the internet school of film critique we take these matters seriously and so, yes, Lester has the boys riff the Marx Brothers and James Bond's droll wit to no end, but that's not a bad thing. And there's always the music!
June 8, 2014

Super Reviewer

HELP! the album has great, great music, as are the rest of the Beatles' music. HELP! the film is ridiculous and disappointing, silly and nonsensical. Maybe this is worth your time if you are a die-hard Beatles buff, but otherwise, no. People just praise this film because of its music, and they look over the dumb plot. Note that this review is coming from a true-blue Beatles fan since age three.
September 24, 2011

Super Reviewer

Help! You're going to need it if you're a Beatles fan who hasn't seen this movie! I love this movie it's my favourite of the Beatles' movies. It combines great songs and a great comedy plot. I highly recommend it.
December 5, 2010

Super Reviewer

Ohhhhhh...... what is going on? Does anyone know? I love those movies where you just know what everyone is having fun. This is certainly one of them. It doesn't make sense. The plot is terrible. The script is meh, the acting isn't much better. But it's funny! And weird. AND I loved some of the camera work. No, really. Ticket to Ride was really great.
October 8, 2010
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    1. George: It's a thingy! A fiendish thingy!
    – Submitted by Emma R (2 years ago)
    1. George: [to Paul] I didn't encourage that wink.
    – Submitted by Jessica C (2 years ago)
    1. Ahme: From this day it is the RING.
    2. Ahme: This will make his finger shrink a little.
    3. Themselves: Where are you Paul? This is his best suit. [Lennon] [Paul just got shrunk by a syringe shot in the leg]
    4. Themselves: It's ME! [Lennon being strangled by George]
    5. Prof. Foot: British you see, useless. [his gun failed to shoot]
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
    1. Prof. Foot: It's the brain drain, his brain is draining. [the assistant does another stupid thing]
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
    1. George: I'm always getting winked at these days. It used to be you didn't it Paul?
    – Submitted by Rocío R (2 years ago)
    1. Abdul: Khail!
    – Submitted by The Artist Formerly Known a (3 years ago)
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