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Across the Universe Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 25, 2007
The jump the shark moment: Weary soldiers tote the Statue of Liberty across a tabletop Vietnam to the strains of the 'She's So Heavy' chorus from 'Abbey Road.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Danny Minton
Beaumont Journal
October 25, 2007
This addictive and ambitious little pic will help you remember why you loved the Beatles so much in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 24, 2007
A magical mystery tour with the power to restore one's faith in both movies and music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
October 24, 2007
The Beatles will certainly want to drive across the city to see Across the Universe.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2007
Two thirds amazing, one third off-putting and boring psychedelia, but the amazing stuff generally wins out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Beatles musical hits strong notes amid sex, drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
October 21, 2007
A low-rent, off-Broadway spectacle that's desperately in need of a stage
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Beth Accomando
October 20, 2007
Across the Universe serves up a handful of brilliant music videos badly strung together by a lame narrative that borrows heavily from Hair.
Cynthia Fuchs
October 19, 2007
The romance will be painful and tumultuous, and the film will find a way to tie together all external events to this seemingly personal connection.
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
October 19, 2007
It's beautiful, moving, silly, strenuous, overreaching, exuberant and one of a kind.
| Original Score: A
Top Critic
October 19, 2007
...the long and winding road that is Julie Taymor's opulent, eye-filling, and disappointingly uninvolving musical extravaganza...
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 17, 2007
You need to know right up front that I'm a music junkie, a person who cannot stand to go very long without hearing music I love. Although I count hundreds of musicians among my favorites, The Beatles are in my top 10.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 17, 2007
Julie Taymor's Across the Universe is an imperfect film, but it's still five-full-stars' worth of imperfect film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 11, 2007
Just as often silly as it is clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Ochieng
World Voice News
October 11, 2007
Somehow, the Beatles' precious diamonds are glaringly missing from Lucy's sky if not in Julie's unevenly charismatic but cluttered and customary Universe.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Roger Tennis
October 10, 2007
In this amazing tribute to baby boomers and Beatles fans everywhere, Ms. Taymor has filled the screen with eye-popping music videos that actually tell a story - not stop it.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
Geoff Berkshire
October 10, 2007
Trying to cram 33 songs and a reductive 'greatest hits' approach to '60s politics into one movie is a tall order.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
October 9, 2007
A movie made by Beatles obsessives, for Beatles obsessives . . .
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 6, 2007
Across the Universe will have ardent defenders, but in the long run, it will do nothing to infuse life into the current minirevival of movie musicals and is as soft-headed as the wishful refrain All You Need Is Love.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 5, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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