Good Ol' Freda Reviews

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Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
September 1, 2013
The doc will prove fascinating only to the die-hard fans that Freda Kelly spent years writing to, though in this case that's no small number of people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
September 5, 2013
Music documentaries don't get more inessential than Good Ol' Freda, a Kickstarter-funded, not-quite-profile of Freda Kelly, The Beatles' longtime secretary.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 19, 2013
While the tales of the band's spectacular rise create a genial mood, the film feels superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 12, 2013
A generic jaunt down memory lane ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
September 5, 2013
Fans will appreciate the trove of Beatles photos and Kelly's pleasant company, but the film never finds a rhythm or uncovers any particularly compelling stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Dey
Paste Magazine
September 19, 2013
Even without new information or salacious details, this is a story Beatles fans will enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
September 27, 2013
Good Ol' Freda feels like a peek behind the curtain of one of the biggest bands in history. If this is the last true story of The Beatles, then it's a remarkable tale full of magnificent triumphs, devotion, sorrow, and maturity.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Marsha Lederman
Globe and Mail
September 20, 2013
In this charming insider account, Kelly traces her history with the band from the very early days until after their split.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
...the film captures a woman who lives daily with the knowledge that she bears part of history.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 17, 2013
... slight movie that exists largely because of the goodwill of its subject, who never felt impelled to convert her proximity to greatness into monetary success, or even much notoriety.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
September 12, 2013
Don't look for scoops on Yoko or the band's breakup, but it's hard not to smile at the mop-top nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
April 8, 2014
...This is Freda narrating her own story as the no-nonsense Liverpool woman she is...illustrated with lots of archival materials to take the viewer along on her journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 16, 2013
[A] warmhearted documentary portrait ...
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
September 10, 2013
If you have no idea at all about the people who always pour your coffee or bag your groceries every day, then this film is for you. Revealing the riches in observations offered by one of those among the invisible millions serving in the shadows of life.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
September 13, 2013
The sweet-faced Kelly is a lovely and humble storyteller, and her enduring affection for John, Paul, George and "Richie" is palpable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 25, 2013
The fact that [Freda] related to the group's female fans because she was one of them is this documentary's calling card, but not many fans can open a box in their attic and pull out an envelope labeled 'This is George Harrison's real hair.'
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 14, 2013
The genial pic, about a wonderful person, is a good watch for Beatle fans.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Atkinson
Time Out
September 11, 2013
White's revelation-free, nostalgia massage of a film works the archivals with genuine fondness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 13, 2013
For any hard-core Beatles fan, this is essential stuff - and for anyone who follows pop culture, it's rather bittersweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 19, 2013
Although this music documentary has some historic value, it aims to entertain -- and succeeds, largely because its subject is a natural on camera.
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