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Across the Universe (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Psychedelic musical numbers can't mask Across the Universe's clichéd love story and uninteresting characters.

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"Across the Universe" is a love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll, moving from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers, Jude and Lucy, along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with "Dr. Robert" and "Mr. Kite" as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart, forcing Jude and Lucy--against all odds--to find their own way back to each other.

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Cast

Joe Anderson (VI)
as Max Carrigan
T.V. Carpio
as Prudence
Robert Clohessy
as Jude's Father
Dylan Baker
as Lucy's Father
Linda Emond
as Lucy's Mother
Lynn Cohen
as Grandmother Carrigan
Bill Irwin
as Uncle Teddy
Jennifer Van Dyck
as Daniel's Mother
Timothy T. Mitchum
as Jo-Jo's Brother
Carol Woods
as Gospel Singer
Elain R. Graham
as Jo-Jo's Mother
Joe Cocker
as Bum/Pimp/Mad Hippie
Jacob Pitts
as Rap Magazine Employee
Bono
as Dr. Robert
Daniel Ezralow
as Mother Superior
Kiva Dawson
as Max's Girl
Eddie Izzard
as Mr. Kite
Salma Hayek
as Singing Nurse
Luke Cresswell
as Tramp Drumming on Bin Lids
Jarlath Conroy
as Bartender at Max's Bar
Lisa Hogg
as Jude's Liverpool Girlfriend
Angela Mounsey
as Jude's Mother
Erin Elliott
as Cheer Coach
Curtis Holbrook
as Dorm Buddy
Matt Caplan
as Dorm Buddy
Aisha de Haas
as Tavern Waitress
Leah Hocking
as Tavern Waitress
Bill Buell
as Old Guy at Tavern
Ellen Hornberger
as Lucy's Sister
Danya Taymor
as High School Friend
Orfeh
as Hooker
Staceyanne Chin
as Rap Magazine Employee
Leonard Tucker
as Katz's Waiter
Daniel Stewart Sherman
as Cop at Wharf Warehouse
Harry Lennix
as Army Sergeant
James Urbaniak
as Sadie's Manager
Kathleen Early
as SDR Worker
Ching Valdes-Aran
as Aran-Luna Park
Luther Creek
as Prankster
Peter Mui
as Prankster
Ambrose Martos
as Prankster
Peter Muir
as Prankster
Karine Plantadit
as Bageot-Prankster
Dan Weltner
as Prankster
Tracy Westmoreland
as Fillmore Manager
Ron Cephas Jones
as Black Panther
W.W. Wilson
as Precinct House Sergeant
Mandy Gonzales
as Sadie's Singer
Jarleth Conroy
as Bartender at Max's Bar
Destan Owens
as Sadie's Singer
Cicily Daniels
as Sadie's Singer
Saycon Sengbloh
as Sadie's Singer
Sam Kitchin
as Sergeant on Rooftop
Chris McGarry
as Seargant on Rooftop
Frank Hopf
as Door Officer at Strawberry Records
Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow
as Cousin Brucie Morrow
Navarra Novy
as Williams-High School Girlfriend
Navarra Novy-Williams
as High School Girlfriend
Sarah Jayne Jensen
as High School Girlfriend
Michelle Lookadoo
as High School Girlfriend
Geoff Countryman
as High School Dance Band Member
Julien Joy
as High School Dance Band Member
Conrad Korsch
as High School Dance Band Member
Brian McKenna
as High School Dance Band Member
Jack Petricelli
as High School Dance Band Member
Timothy Keiper
as Sadies Band Member
Arthur Lewis
as Sadie's Band Member
Mark Lewis
as Sadie's Band Member
Bryan Noll
as Sadie's Band Member
Michael Arenella
as Circus Band Member
Cyro Baptista
as Circus Band Member
Frank Fighera
as Circus Band Member
Ritt Henn
as Circus Band Member
Mark Stewart
as Circus Band Member
Bruce Williamson
as Circus Band Member
Charley Drayton
as Sadie's Rooftop Band Member
Tom Grasso
as Sadie's Rooftop Band Member
Joey Sykes
as Sadie's Rooftop Band
Paul Wallfisch
as Sadie's Rooftop Band Member
Bob Gaynor
as Dancer
Christine Woodside
as Gospel Choir Member
John Selya
as Dancer
Ryan Kelly
as Dancer
Caryn Allen
as Gospel Choir Member
Ronald Blackman
as Gospel Choir Member
Erik Justin Gaines
as Gospel Choir Member
Marlene Mason
as Gospel Choir Member
Tanisha Mason
as Gospel Choir Member
Cheryl McClurkin
as Gospel Choir Member
Donald A. McClurkin Sr.
as Gospel Choir Member
Lorna McClurkin
as Gospel Choir Member
Olivia McClurkin
as Gospel Choir Member
Terrell Middleton
as Gospel Choir Member
Jada Scott
as Gospel Choir Member
Murl Smith
as Gospel Choir Member
Jor-El Wharton
as Gospel Choir Member
Devin Wharwood
as Gospel Choir Member
Alyssa Woodside
as Gospel Choir Member
Tim Acito
as Dancer
Ian Carney
as Dancer
Jean Emile
as Dancer
Cody Green
as Dancer
Holly Ryan
as Dancer
Mari Koda
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Across the Universe

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (37)

...the long and winding road that is Julie Taymor's opulent, eye-filling, and disappointingly uninvolving musical extravaganza...

October 19, 2007 | Full Review…

Across the Universe isn't beholden to any stage incarnation. It owes its vision to the vibrant imagination of its director, who created a musical that reminds us how cultural-political events can change our tune.

October 5, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

[A] visionary attempt to wed a story of young love and 1960s war protest to the Lennon-McCartney catalog.

October 3, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

...Julie Taymor's rhapsodic mash note to John, Paul, George and Ringo falls just short of breathtaking.

September 28, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Across the Universe is a classic example of ambition exceeding execution.

September 28, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Most of the songs are performed in such saccharine style and staged so literally that they almost seem like they belong in a Broadway show. That's a very bad thing.

September 28, 2007 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for Across the Universe

½

This ambitious pastiche musical is perhaps just too avant-garde - trying to fit so many Beatles songs and tropes into a cohesive, motivated story about war, class, love, politics, (and failing in a narrative sense) - but dang it all if those crazy, trippy symbolic scenes and performances don't just make you want to have whatever Julie Taymor is having, whether sex, drugs, or rock and roll. Jim Sturgess is the most soulful of down-and-out bums, and it's disappointing that he hasn't gotten more high-profile jobs.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

The idea of a film telling its love story primarily through Beatles songs is great. An d while some versions of the classic tunes work better than others, the same goes for their according scenes. Overall, the film tries a little too hard, especially the political commentary of the late 60s is unnecessary and forced. A shorter, much more focus movie would have worked so much better. That doesn't change the fact that some, not all, of the music sequences are magical.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This may sound harsh, but "Across The Universe" is basically a Beatle-themed "Glee" movie. This isn't necessarily an insult - if you like that show's alternate take on hit songs and how it incorporates the music into its plotlines, then there is no reason not to enjoy this film. If you don't like "Glee", I've probably already talked you out of it.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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