• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sam Taylor Wood
    In Theaters:
    Oct 8, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 25, 2011
  • Weinstein Company


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Nowhere Boy Reviews

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Fascinating...fills in a lot of blank spaces in the Beatles history we already knew.

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 3/4

January 31, 2013
Jeff Beck

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.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 22, 2012
Dave White

The content is there but the form is a Xerox copy of every celebrity coming-of-age tale you've heard and seen before.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 4, 2011
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A passable drama, and might make a nice double feature with Backbeat.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Original Score: 6/10

February 9, 2011
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

January 27, 2011
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine

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...

Full Review Source: UR Chicago Magazine

December 28, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...quickly decomposes into a well-made picture of the artist as a young man.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 84/100

November 28, 2010
Tony Macklin

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.

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 13, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It cares more about the characters and their relationships than it does the factual or historical context of it all.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

November 12, 2010
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 11, 2010
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

November 7, 2010
Dan Lybarger
MovieMaker Magazine

Nowhere Boy proves the flesh-and-blood Lennon is infinitely more fascinating than the saint.

Full Review Source: MovieMaker Magazine | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 5, 2010
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

November 5, 2010
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Watch for the emotion that manages to bubble up through that pasty, buttoned-up, stiff-upper-lip, postwar England.

Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Original Score: 3/4

November 5, 2010
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

November 4, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 5/10

November 4, 2010
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

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.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

November 4, 2010
Josh Larsen

...depicts the bittersweet birth of musical genius.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3/4

October 28, 2010
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Handsomely composed minor-key effort

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B-

October 22, 2010
Tony Medley

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.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 7/10

October 21, 2010
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