Across the Universe 2007

Across the Universe

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Psychedelic musical numbers can't mask Across the Universe's clichéd love story and thinly written characters.

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The songs of the Beatles provide the sonic framework for this musical tale of romance, war and peace. When young British worker Jude (Jim Sturgess) sets sail for the United States in search of his father, he ends up meeting carefree college student Max (Joe Anderson) and his lovely sister, Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), along with a cast of eccentric characters. As Jude and Lucy fall for each other, their relationship is threatened by the social upheaval that accompanies the Vietnam War.

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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (94) | Rotten (85)

  • The Beatles already survived one attempt by Hollywood to turn them into kitsch -- 1978's infamous Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- and so you have to wonder what they did to deserve Across the Universe.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • If you're a fan of the Beatles and their music, of unconventional musicals (this isn't Hairspray) or even of Bono (he has a couple of songs), this trippy trip Across the Universe is one you won't mind taking.

    May 13, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The imagery is pretty astonishing -- Taymor treats some of the more fantastical moments as if she were making big-screen music videos -- and it's all very intelligently done. But it's kind of a silly idea, very intelligently done

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

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  • Goo goo g'joob; save your money for the Help! DVD.

    January 18, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's more than a nostalgia trip. The real pleasure lies in Taymor's ability to make it all seem brand new.

    November 2, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • ...the long and winding road that is Julie Taymor's opulent, eye-filling, and disappointingly uninvolving musical extravaganza...

    October 19, 2007 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 03, 2017
    Nearly insufferable with one-dimensional, boring characters who draw no sympathy, and a plot that is whisper thin. Musical numbers vary from clever, to exhausting and over-the-top, with visuals that overstimulate. It results in a movie musical that is just not much fun. Rating: 40
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2016
    Across the Universe is directed by Julie Taymor and is a love story structured around a soundtrack of songs from the Beatles. There really isn't much to say about this except that it just didn't work for me. As interesting as it might sound, Across the Universe is a pretty run-of-the-mill story covered up by poppy versions of familiar hits. I'm sorry, but a dramatic cover of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" doesn't hold a candle to the original. This movie reminded me a lot of Rock of Ages, though it isn't nearly as big of a disaster. As one who appreciates music, I'm not opposed to covers of famous songs, but, like an old movie being remade, there has to be something new brought to the table to justify its existence. Across the Universe's soundtrack is full of unjustified remakes performed by forgettable actors in an overall forgettable movie. With a run-time of over 2 hours, this movie drags on and on until finally ending with the cheese being applied heavily. Even if you dig musical movies, you can find way better options than Across the Universe. Final grade: D+ -Ben
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2015
    Oh god, disguised as a romantic musical but it really was a progressive film glorifying hippies. The story itself tried to mimic Forrest Gump to an extent but ultimately failed. The scores were quite forced, the Beatles were butchered.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2014
    Across the Universe is a compelling musical drama that's incredibly imaginative. Set amidst the backdrop of the Vietnam War and using the repertoire of the Beatles, the film follows a Liverpool dockworker named Jude who comes to America and falls in love with a young girl named Lucy. Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, and Joe Anderson lead the cast and give excellent performances, and there are fun cameos from Eddie Izzard, Salma Hayek, and Bono. The music is also extraordinarily well-done, doing an exceptional job at constructing a narrative and conveying the emotions of the characters. Additionally, the choreography is amazing, creating some remarkable imagery, which juxtaposed against the new musical arrangements, gives the songs new meaning and subtext. A beautifully crafted film, Across the Universe is loving homage to the music of the Beatles.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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