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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 for colorful excursions to international locations from Europe to the Bahamas. The musical numbers include such classic tunes as "Ticket to Ride," "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," and, of course, "Help!". ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Help!
For casual viewers, the whole thing has a retro charm. For Beatles fans, it's a flawed but essential film.
A Hard Day's Night may be more primitive, but it also seems more spontaneous.
The boys themselves are exuberant and uninhibited in their own genial way. They just become awfully redundant and -- dare I say it? -- dull.
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.
Beatles fans have always been too kind in overlooking the film's obvious flaws.
Already dated, but still a fun romp with the legendary Beatles.
Lester's anarchic absurdity and quick cut camera gags make for a pretty good whole.
A cheerful and cheeky death-knell for traditional standards of well-crafted filmmaking from the previous decade.
Quirky but uneven musical-comedy
Great Beatles movie full of fun, irreverent humor
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.
More cinematically influential than you know, this film showed that the Fab Four had great comic timing amongst their other already well-documented skills.
Wildly funny and what a soundtrack!
A wild and wonderful comedy that highlights the Beatles comic timing and charisma.
charming but slight, a step back from Hard Day's Night
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!More
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.More
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.More
A one joke movie stretched way beyond breaking point. Eleanor Bron and Leo McKern work hard to save the film from being a complete disaster but The Beatles themselves, by this time jaded, cynical and smoking marijuana, have lost much of their appeal from "A Hard Day's Night". John's two great numbers "Help!" and "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" aside, the songs are weaker this time round, too. And as a template for the subsequent Monkees television show, "Help!" has much to answer for.More
- It's a thingy! A fiendish thingy!
- [to Paul] I didn't encourage that wink.
- From this day it is the RING.
- This will make his finger shrink a little.
- Where are you Paul? This is his best suit. [Lennon] [Paul just got shrunk by a syringe shot in the leg]
- It's ME! [Lennon being strangled by George]
- Prof. Foot:
- British you see, useless. [his gun failed to shoot]
- Prof. Foot:
- It's the brain drain, his brain is draining. [the assistant does another stupid thing]
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