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Across the Universe Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2007
...the long and winding road that is Julie Taymor's opulent, eye-filling, and disappointingly uninvolving musical extravaganza...
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 3, 2007
[A] visionary attempt to wed a story of young love and 1960s war protest to the Lennon-McCartney catalog.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
September 28, 2007
Across the Universe is a classic example of ambition exceeding execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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
September 27, 2007
There's a lot of great stuff here, but it just doesn't come together.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 27, 2007
A groundbreaking, rule-bending, expectation-smashing musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 18, 2007
It's flawed but sometimes gorgeous and uplifting.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
An often-dazzling rock opera set to the accompaniment of 33 Beatles songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 14, 2007
Its crazed ambition. When it falls, it falls far, but at least that means it's reaching high.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 14, 2007
An interesting failure, not a fascinating one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
September 14, 2007
Julie Taymor's flower-powery phantasmagoria is ambitious but ultimately tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 14, 2007
The experience of the movie is joyous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
September 14, 2007
Contrary to what you may have heard, love isn't all you need.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
September 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
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
September 13, 2007
There's so much to like, even love, about Across the Universe that you're even more exasperated about its faults.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.