Fascinating...fills in a lot of blank spaces in the Beatles history we already knew.
| Original Score: 3/4
It might not have what Beatles fans are expecting from a film about the young John Lennon, but it remains an interesting portrait of the early days of the future legend and is worth seeking out.
The content is there but the form is a Xerox copy of every celebrity coming-of-age tale you've heard and seen before.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A passable drama, and might make a nice double feature with Backbeat.
| Original Score: 6/10
Nowhere Boy succeeds because its creators never wallow in sanctimony, keep contrivances to a minimum and has a lead actor who evolves his character rather than imitates.
Tallied up, while there are a few flashes of decent writing and some solid acting from the supporting cast, 'Nowhere Boy' lacks any cohesive tempo...
...quickly decomposes into a well-made picture of the artist as a young man.
| Original Score: 84/100
Nowhere Boy goes somewhere, but it's not into art. Yoko Ono has okayed the movie, but I think John Lennon would sneer at it.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
It cares more about the characters and their relationships than it does the factual or historical context of it all.
One of the more remarkable biopics to come along in a while, not in the least because it smacks of authenticity without too obviously trying to advertise the fact.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
While it is a downer, it is also interesting and there is enough music in it to at least whet the appetite, if not satisfy one's Beatle music craving.
| Original Score: B
Nowhere Boy proves the flesh-and-blood Lennon is infinitely more fascinating than the saint.
In this surprisingly conventional biopic, the unremarkable young John Lennon seems as likely to become Peter Noone or Gerry Marsden as the second coming of Elvis.
| Original Score: 2/4
Watch for the emotion that manages to bubble up through that pasty, buttoned-up, stiff-upper-lip, postwar England.
There's a whole lotta psychosexual stuff packed into Nowhere Boy, the tale of Lennon's adolescence in Liverpool, which may or may not be true, but it sure makes for a smashing film.
Plays in no small way as a Life of St. John text, so awed by its subject that it refuses to actually grapple with him.
| Original Score: 5/10
The real subjects -- and strengths -- in this narrowly focused biopic are the two women who, more than any one else, were responsible for molding the future star's psyche.
...depicts the bittersweet birth of musical genius.
Handsomely composed minor-key effort
| Original Score: B-
An interesting, entertaining film that opens new doors in understanding Lennon and the strange person he became, but... this film is not about the music.
| Original Score: 7/10