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February 20, 2018
One of the best movies I've ever seen. Another case of the Critics being super right or super wrong when you look at their reviews, they're all fresh or rotten really no inbetween.
½ February 2, 2018
A God awful film. Nothing at all is good about this film. Awful cast, awful story (if there actually is one), and the film itself does not flow at all. God awful covers of Beatles classics make this film something that should be tossed away in a garbage pile. Stay Away if you like the Beatles.
December 4, 2017
Overall good movie, got confusing with symbolism, great tribute to the beatles
November 20, 2017
The entire movie is like a collage i could never get tired of it !!!
November 10, 2017
A beautiful way of bringing The Beatles music to life. I just wish the story was more interesting. And sometimes songs are put in solely because the director liked them. They stick out like a sore thumb. At least 4 songs could be cut for a much cleaner product. But it?s still enjoyable.
November 6, 2017
The music and dance is the only parts worth watching.
Bradley T. Johnson
Super Reviewer
November 3, 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
September 9, 2017
Ten minutes of entertainment packed into a 150-minute film. I won't waste time on an in-depth review, but think of the worst film you ever saw. This is worse than that.
September 8, 2017
This is about as frustrating as movies come. A musical that can, at times, absolutely capture the magic and spirit of the Beatles, yet leave out so much of the other elements and - quite frankly - songs that made the band so damned good. A visual feat that can, at times, completely dazzle the audience with spellbinding imagery and production value, yet populate said images and set pieces with less than inspired characters and plot devices. It's a superficial marvel, no doubt, but I think the one thing that Taymor undoubtedly misses the mark on here is fairly simple: depth.
September 6, 2017
It turned all the best classics into a movie full of passion, adventure, and a view of the world during that time period.
August 25, 2017
Sing a-long goodness. Generally works.
½ August 1, 2017
Functions well as an original jukebox musical, chronicling the 60s with the Beatles being given tributes through socialistic, energetic and electric visuals, even though the music is the main focus over the performances to fulfill the characters' stances. (B)

(Full review TBD)
June 23, 2017
Pretentious, annoying and with all the sincerity of a first year drama school production.
And the awful segways into Beatles songs.....oh so here is a superfluous side character conveniently named Prudence who has suddenly turned up and has locked herself in the closet for no apparent reason. Now what song shall we sing as we gather all our friends around to lure this pointles and strangely angsty girl out?? "Dear Prudence......won't you come out to play-a-ay".........Ahhh! It is like beating yourself over the head with a stick for 2 hours. If you are in way a Beatles fan, do not go near this!
June 11, 2017
Still a favorite after watching it in Film Club in school.
½ June 8, 2017
'Across the Universe' is a true work of art, which maybe comes from a major plot point of the main character being an artist, or just because Julie Taymor created something so visually stunning and moving to the soul. The music of the Beatles is strong within anyone, from the 60s to current day society, and this film blends together the best of their music through a touching love story, war story, and story of the culture of the 60s and hippie and strike culture. Although some of the dance numbers are not natural to the flow of the movie, they are still some of the most intriguing and make for some of the most beautiful moments of the film. The two leads (played by an energetic and beautifully voiced Jim Sturgess and a likable and talented Evan Rachel Wood) really take the audience on their love story and compel us and captivate us and show us the true meaning of love. Love is shown to have its ups and downs, but in the end, "love is all you need." And love is all I have for this film. It's a blend of some of my favorite things: music, romance, and the 1960s. The atmosphere of the 60s sometimes becomes too psychedelic, but that's the point, I guess, for the culture is mostly represented accurately and beautifully through the music and talented work by its actors. 'Across the Universe' will give you the feels, make you happy, and let you embrace such an interesting period of time, and shouldn't go without a viewing or two.
June 6, 2017
A visually and rhythmically pleasing film, Across the Universe may not bring anything new in terms of a story or plot. However, what I enjoyed was 'how' the plot was told. Where the music and songs would halt the story in some films, the songs in Across the Universe helped carry the story and helped give insight into the characters that sang them. I'm know that this isn't a film for everyone, but to the right crowd, it can be very enjoyable. Overall, I'm glad I saw this film.
May 8, 2017
get rid of the major stoner moment in the middle and you got an absolutely amazing movie.... evan rachel wood= hot
April 20, 2017
I love you, Julie Taymor.
½ April 14, 2017
This movie is a confusing pile of crap. The only good thing about it is the music and it manages to screw up that too.
April 8, 2017
Across the Universe is a movie that would work really well as an involving and devastating character drama if any of the characters beyond Jude, Lucy, Max and Jo-Jo were any interesting at all. This is a movie that will appeal to the snarky 13 year old boy with pretentious quotes from French metal albums on their Facebook timelines that lives in all of us, using timeless songs to tell stories that sometimes don't end up relating too well. In all honesty, I really want to love this movie. I love the Beatles, and the basic idea of this film was intriguing enough. I hadn't seen any trailers or read into the plot at all, so I went in completely blind (other than the fact that it is a musical that uses the Beatles' library as the framework for it's story), so I had no expectations. There are several scenes that just made me wonder 'why did they do this?' These scenes include shots that look like they came out of a mid-90's grunge band video that the director was fired for, and the others just flat out hurt to look at. Some of the music is really really really good, such as Jo-Jo singing 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' with Jude, and the finale where Jude sings 'All You Need is Love'. Others, however, fall flat on their faces due to failed attempts to change the tune, key, or whatever to change the mood to fit the story. This is most evident in Prudence's teen angst version of 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'. Speaking of which, Prudence was a character who made no sense to me. She didn't bring anything, she didn't evoke any feelings inside me, and she especially doesn't help the overstuffed story move along any smoother. It is unfortunate that someone as talented as T.V. Caprio took the job, but hey, if I was offered the chance to be a character in a movie that revolves solely around the Beatles' music, I would have probably accepted the role too. Several characters have names that are so obviously references to the songs that will be used later on that it takes part of the surprise of the story out. I knew throughout the whole thing that Jude was going to have to go back home, and that someone singing 'Hey Jude' would make him 'go out and get her'. The use of Prudence as a character feels like it was the writers trying to justify the use of 'Dear Prudence' in a story context, but it all feels absolutely mundane and drawn out, especially given the nature of how that song would have worked better for Lucy as a character. However, the fact that the main love interest is named Lucy just reminds you that there will be some kind of 'Lucy in the Sky' joke lurking around the corner, wasting the great opportunity to call her Prudence instead, to make a parallel between 'Hey Jude' and 'Dear Prudence'. While I have a lot to say about this movie that is bad, I think there is a little more good than bad in this movie. For one thing, Jim Sturgess is a fantastic lead, Joe Anderson is a charismatic actor who is used perfectly as the funny sidekick who gets shipped off kinda character, and Martin Luther McCoy is a fantastic singer and a wonderful guitar player. Cameos from people like Bono make for some entertaining moments, and I think that the scenes that are centered around Jude's strawberry art are fantastic. Some of the songs are really good, and when they are, you almost forget that they were played by the Beatles in the first place. One in particular is the scene that incorporates 'Let it Be' into the death of Jo-Jo's brother. All in all, this movie cannot be good, and it cannot be bad, except for in the eyes of the beholder. Some films are just good, and some are just bad, but this will either work for you or make you want to vomit. It won't win over everyone, but if you like it, good on you, and if you hate it, that's okay. I personally will see it as a mildly amusing diversion and nothing more. It's not 'The Godfather', but it's not 'Twilight' either.
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