Nowhere Boy Reviews

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 31, 2013
Fascinating...fills in a lot of blank spaces in the Beatles history we already knew.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 9, 2011
A passable drama, and might make a nice double feature with Backbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 27, 2011
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 12, 2010
It cares more about the characters and their relationships than it does the factual or historical context of it all.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 11, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: B
Dan Lybarger
MovieMaker Magazine
November 5, 2010
Nowhere Boy proves the flesh-and-blood Lennon is infinitely more fascinating than the saint.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
November 5, 2010
Watch for the emotion that manages to bubble up through that pasty, buttoned-up, stiff-upper-lip, postwar England.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 4, 2010
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.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
October 28, 2010
...depicts the bittersweet birth of musical genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 22, 2010
Handsomely composed minor-key effort
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
October 17, 2010
It succeeds as a moving story of a boy, expressively played by Aaron Johnson, whose life would have been interesting enough to justify a movie about it even if he'd never gone on to be one of The Beatles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 15, 2010
As a broad-strokes account of Lennon's complicated family dynamic, trouble-making youth, and first tentative steps toward rock stardom...succeeds as both entertainment and a rumination on the roots of one man's nascent artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 15, 2010
Nowhere Boy reveals the magnitude of the good women behind the grand icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 15, 2010
The events chronicled are all longstanding Beatles legends, though director Sam Taylor-Wood manages to stage even the most portentous moments without making you feel a celestial choir is in order.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 15, 2010
More love triangle than musical, the effective and often sweet Nowhere Boy offers a sense of the time and tension that produced John Lennon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 15, 2010
This portrait of a Beatle as a young man also gives filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood, working on a thoughtful script by Matt Greenhalgh, creative room to manoeuvre, introducing us to John just as he and rock 'n' roll discover one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 23, 2012
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