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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

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Average Rating: 2.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
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Pop star Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees star in this musical, loosely based on the popular 1967 Beatles album Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In the story, Billy Shears, who now heads the Lonely Hearts Club Band, is the grandson of the famous Sergeant Pepper. He is confronted by the need to save the magical musical instruments of the band from the bad guys, led by music tycoon B.D. Brockhurst (Donald Pleasance), who want to steal them. If they succeed, the magic which infuses

Aug 12, 2003

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (17) | DVD (4)

A totally bubblegum and cotton candy melange of garish fantasy and narcissism.

September 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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This crass moral pantomime is plain embarrassing.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This isn't a movie, it's a business deal set to music.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Indescribably awful.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
Chicago Reader
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A motion picture whose awfulness can hardly be imagined on a human scale.

September 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Pathetic acting and a scattershot plot sink this pitiful attempt by producer Robert Stigwood to turn the landmark Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band into an engaging film.

September 10, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Inert musical set to the bubblegum music of the popular 1967 Beatles album.

April 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The music is really good, too. Never mind the 'story.'

January 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Oh yeah, the Bee Gees are much better than that other band.

August 29, 2005
Flipside Movie Emporium

gleefully nutty chaos!

September 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

The only reason to watch this is to laugh at how bad it was. That, and the haircuts.

June 8, 2004
Reel.com

Sitting through what passes for a story here is like trying to make a meal out of a can of vanilla frosting. ...The comments on the test screening scorecards must have been priceless.

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

You need not see it to believe it.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Mermerizingly awful. A bad idea, badly executed

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A fascinating mess with strong retro camp appeal.

July 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

I stared at the screen wondering how anyone thought this could possibly have found an audience, even in the degraded '70s.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

What a corny, cheesy, stupid movie! How could they make a Beatles movie without the Beatles, where they make a silly story to go along with their famous songs? And to cast the Bee-Gees as the main characters? What? This movie is interesting to see, but it's pretty bad, so don't expect much. The best parts are the songs from Aerosmith and Alice Cooper.
January 6, 2011
ajv2688

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Wow. Just... wow. This film is the rock n' roll equivalent of burning an American flag. It's the equivalent of farting at a wedding. It is the equivalent of making out during Schindler's List. I'm not going to talk about the plot (there isn't one). I'm not going to list the characters (there aren't any). I'm just going to tear this movie apart. Not that it's going to be difficult.

I have to start by letting you know what the producers thought this film was going to be. They considered this as the Gone with the Wind of the '70's generation. I shit you not. They were obviously on good drugs in 1977-78 because I wouldn't even call this film Break Like The Wind.

We have to begin with the leads. You have Peter Frampton, who put out some live album and then was never really heard from again. He's like Warren Zevon except Zevon had TALENT! So we get Frampton butchering Beatle tunes. But that's not all. That's not the worst of it. Guess who else gets to shit on the moniker of Lennon/McCartney. That's right, the Bee Gees. The Brothers Gibb weren't satisfied with destroying most of late '70's popular music, they had to wreck most of the '60's, too.

But that's not all. It's actually down hill from this point with each musical interlude more cringeworthy than the next. Donald Pleasence singing I Want You (She's So Heavy). No, it gets worse. How about Steve Martin puking up Maxwell's Silver Hammer? No, it gets worse. Alice Cooper doing Because. It keeps getting worse and worse until you just can't take it. You have to exit the room and defecate because it's one piece of shit after another.

Sgt. Pepper also jumps on the Star Wars band wagon. There's an odd little duel with hammers that light up and glow like- yes, you guessed it- lightsabers. And Mr. Mustard has to C3PO's with boobs
massaging him throughout the film. Oh, and apparently Billy Preston can raise the dead (and change your clothes).

Films like this are usually horrible, especially when the songs are taken out of the context that they were meant to be. Across the Universe is another such crapfest that features people who shouldn't be singing Beatle songs. Listen, if I wanted to hear people sing Beatles tunes badly around a gazebo I would take my iPod to the park. Such a horrible, horrible film using the music of the Beatles, particularly the Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road albums is like eating and egg salad sandwich from a gas station- it looks good in the plastic but it consumes worth shit.

The minute John Lennon died his first act was rolling over because of the stench this film has left on society. You may be wondering why if this film is so bad am I giving it one star. Well, not to be a plot spoiler, but the villains spouting off against love and promoting money is the '70's coked up Aerosmith. They're called some kind of villain band and actually do a good coked up rendition of Come Together that still gets a little airplay. As I sat there I realized that this film is really a choice: you can be bad and go with Aerosmith or be good and hang out with George Burns and the Bee Gees. So it looks like I'm going to hell.
February 17, 2010
sononothing

Super Reviewer

Robert Stigwood created a tribute to the Beatles by plotting a fantasy adventure movie around the various song lyrics of their later albums. Sung and acted by The Bee-Gees and Peter Frampton, plus fun cameos from 70's performers Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Earth Wind and Fire, Steve Martin, George Burns and Donald Pleasance. Many of the musical arrangements and vocals seemed way different from the original tunes. And like a square peg crammed into a round hole, the lyrics were sometimes stretched for what's occurring in the story. It's often incredibly cheesy and overbearing, but I think of it as a curiosity of the late-70's rock-disco culture and a celebration of the Beatles melodies and lyrics.
June 9, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

Super Reviewer

Bad, bad, bad. What more can I say? A waste of time. money and talent. I'm so sorry that John and George lived long enough to see this. Only shining light was George Burns.
May 21, 2007
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