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A Hard Day's Night Reviews

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 3, 2014
Rejected the status quo with an irreverent, quick-cutting documentary style that could fairly be described as mod, rocking and mocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 2, 2014
Let's talk about joy, and about wistfulness, because one so often trails the other, and both are woven into the DNA of A Hard Day's Night.
Ali Catterall
Total Film
June 30, 2014
Of its time, sure, but eternally entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
June 30, 2014
Make a date to catch this on the big screen and be rewarded with pure magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jake Cole
Slant Magazine
June 29, 2014
Even when the band plays away from private eyes or songs simply play over disconnected footage of them having fun, the strength of their songcraft is stirring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 15, 2013
Worth re-watching over and over again to relive the Beatles music, personalities, and lasting legacy.
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Jonas Mekas
Village Voice
January 18, 2013
At best, it is fun. But "fun" is not an aesthetic experience: fun remains on the surface. I have nothing against the surface. But it belongs where it is and shouldn't be taken for anything else.
Emanuel Levy
June 8, 2011
Richard Lester's inventive, humorous mockumentary of the Beatles had a huge impact, forever changing the definition and limits of the musical movie genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Beatles classic as fabulous as the Fab Four.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 14, 2010
The best British film of the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10

April 27, 2009
For fans this is a chance to enjoy The Beatles' legendary music and charisma with unprecedented clarity.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Director Richard Lester and writer Alun Owen (who has never gotten the credit he deserves) treat us to a fanciful day in the life of the Beatles, filmed in 1964 at (they thought) the peak of the Fab Four's popularity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Beth Accomando
February 3, 2008
The film moves with such joy, humor and fluidity that you can't help getting swept up in the frenzied action.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
September 10, 2007
American-born director Richard Lester serves up a helping of what, on this side of the pond, we came to think of as kicky, mod British filmmaking.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The mop-tops are likeably relaxed, with Lennon offering a few welcome moments of his dry, acerbic wit.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 29, 2005
It's by no stretch of the imagination a good film, but it gets over as a curio and a landmark in modern Western culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 29, 2004
See it for no other reason than the fact that it's all too rare you can spend 87 minutes smiling and feeling positive about life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jurgen Fauth
October 15, 2003
That Lester and the Beatles got away with the irreverent and superb Hard Day's Night is, by today's standards, a miracle.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 19, 2003
The cinema has had many landmarks, but few have been as entertaining.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's a fine conglomeration of madcap clowning in the old Marx Brothers' style, and it is done with such a dazzling use of camera that it tickles the intellect and electrifies the nerves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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