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Across the Universe Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 4/5
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October 19, 2007
...the long and winding road that is Julie Taymor's opulent, eye-filling, and disappointingly uninvolving musical extravaganza...
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 3, 2007
[A] visionary attempt to wed a story of young love and 1960s war protest to the Lennon-McCartney catalog.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 28, 2007
...Julie Taymor's rhapsodic mash note to John, Paul, George and Ringo falls just short of breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 28, 2007
Across the Universe is a classic example of ambition exceeding execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 28, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
September 28, 2007
Taymor has mistaken a deeply clichéd view of the late '60s for a radical slice of the zeitgeist. Let it be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
September 27, 2007
There's a lot of great stuff here, but it just doesn't come together.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 27, 2007
A groundbreaking, rule-bending, expectation-smashing musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 18, 2007
It's flawed but sometimes gorgeous and uplifting.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 17, 2007
Even those resistant to or unmoved by the story can appreciate Taymor's settings of the songs, and the arrangements by T-Bone Burnett and other studio masters.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 15, 2007
Across the Universe can't achieve the transcendence and exhilaration musicals strive for, but it often generates a singular kind of magic you've never experienced before.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 14, 2007
An often-dazzling rock opera set to the accompaniment of 33 Beatles songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
September 14, 2007
Despite all the inventive work, the film never achieves the soaring sense of bliss that would place it in the pantheon of movie musicals.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 14, 2007
Across the Universe captured my heart, and I realized that falling in love with a movie is like falling in love with another person. Imperfections, however glaring, become endearing quirks once you've tumbled.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 14, 2007
Its crazed ambition. When it falls, it falls far, but at least that means it's reaching high.
| Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 14, 2007
Across the Universe doesn't have a story so much as a sloppy collage. It drops in character names from the lyrics and shoves in a new song whenever possible. But it only manages to do all that by mangling ideas and misreading the music.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 14, 2007
An interesting failure, not a fascinating one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 14, 2007
The movie is no more than an interesting experiment and a rarity among movie musicals in that even if you enjoy it, you won't want to hear it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 14, 2007
The movie succeeds on sheer catchiness, and [director] Taymor piles on enough visual extravaganza to conceal the fact that there isn't much of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 14, 2007
You'd have been better off sampling the brown acid at Woodstock than risking brain cells on Across the Universe, the bizarrely ornate nail Julie Taymor hammers into the Beatles' coffin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 14, 2007
Julie Taymor's flower-powery phantasmagoria is ambitious but ultimately tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 14, 2007
The experience of the movie is joyous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 14, 2007
The Rent-like ensemble of yearning young people at the center of the story is a drag; I wanted to turn the sound down on them and say rude things.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 14, 2007
Contrary to what you may have heard, love isn't all you need.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 14, 2007
Sometimes it works brilliantly, other times (masked dancers gyrating on ocean waves -- ick!) you just want to run.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2007
Yes, this is tour de force stuff, and yet, just like a good pop tune, the premise is all boy-meets-girl simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
September 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 13, 2007
Across the Universe, in which Taymor shoehorns, contorts and otherwise bullies some of the Fab Four's greatest hits into a vapid Hollywood musical, is the kind of project that must have looked great on paper. On screen, eh, not so much.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
September 13, 2007
If you can get past its relatively minor failings, it's hard not to be seduced by the big heart of this chaotic, colorful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 13, 2007
There's so much to like, even love, about Across the Universe that you're even more exasperated about its faults.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 13, 2007
One could never argue that Across the Universe isn't ambitious. However, like many ambitious movies, this one fails spectacularly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 11, 2007
Julie Taymor has delivered an audacious, idiosyncratic creation that plays like a riff on Hair with Fab Four cachet, stretching a thin love story across one tumultuous decade.