Brian Epstein needed someone to run the nascent Official Beatles Fan Club. Freda, just 17, got the job.
| Original Score: 3/4
In this charming insider account, Kelly traces her history with the band from the very early days until after their split.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
[A] delightful documentary ...
While the tales of the band's spectacular rise create a genial mood, the film feels superficial.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
[Gives] insight into a rare, innocent time in rock history when a scrap of pillowcase that cradled a mop-top singer or an autographed photo were all fans needed to feel close to their idols.
Although this music documentary has some historic value, it aims to entertain -- and succeeds, largely because its subject is a natural on camera.
[A] warmhearted documentary portrait ...
For any hard-core Beatles fan, this is essential stuff - and for anyone who follows pop culture, it's rather bittersweet.
| Original Score: 3/5
The sweet-faced Kelly is a lovely and humble storyteller, and her enduring affection for John, Paul, George and "Richie" is palpable.
We love her, yeah, yeah, yeah.
A generic jaunt down memory lane ...
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Don't look for scoops on Yoko or the band's breakup, but it's hard not to smile at the mop-top nostalgia.
White's revelation-free, nostalgia massage of a film works the archivals with genuine fondness.
A surprisingly satisfying and moving experience.
White's film is a love letter not just to Kelly and the Beatles, but also to postwar working-class Liverpool.
Music documentaries don't get more inessential than Good Ol' Freda, a Kickstarter-funded, not-quite-profile of Freda Kelly, The Beatles' longtime secretary.
| Original Score: C-