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A Hard Day's Night Reviews

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
February 16, 2016
Stuffed full of incident and the sort of joke-book-crossed-with-Goonery humour which the Beatles seem to have made their own, but for the most part the pace is too frantic, and the Beatles too inexperienced in comic techniques to make the most of it.
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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.
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
J.C. Mašek III
August 18, 2014
The Beatles might break into song at any moment or they might run around a park goofing around while their songs are playing, but these moments truly work and they clearly helped to lay the groundwork for MTV Videos and musicals to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
July 7, 2014
It's pure joy as I Should Have Known Better, And I Love Her and Tell Me Why pour out over footage of thousands of screaming, weeping schoolgirls with bouffant hair and miniskirts pursuing John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
...if you don't like the Beatles, you don't like rock 'n' roll. And if you don't like A Hard Day's Night, you don't like movies.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
A Hard Day's Night is a chance to experience to the joyous, early days of pop - while at the same time noting how the pressures of re-energising national life were beginning to close in on the enchanting innocence of youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
The documentary style of this movie masks its tight construction, clever script, and sublime anarchy second only to the Marx brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Beatles classic as fabulous as the Fab Four.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 19, 2001
Filled with unforgettable moments, most having to do with the music.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 3, 2014
Comes bouncing at you from every angle, rubbery and untameable with the joys of teenagehood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 3, 2014
Critic Andrew Sarris wasn't just playing the fanboy when he described this movie as 'The Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals.' He just might have been selling it short.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
A time capsule preserving the Fab Four's charisma, joy, and youthful exuberance.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 14, 2010
The best British film of the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 3, 2014
An anarchic, ground-breaking breath of fresh air that weaves a fictional romp around a chaotic day in the life of the Fab Four as they try to make it to their big show.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 22, 2000
Has survived the years like a Disney cartoon classic.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
These three-minute singles still feel vibrant and alive.
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