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August 11, 2015
I loved it the second the boys ran on the screen. It's funny and full of great music. A must see!
½ August 3, 2015
The Criterion blu-ray edition of this is a masterpiece of cinema, music, and upscaled transfers. A must own.
June 27, 2015
I really don't know why I never watched this one before! it's really good! Beatles acting is pretty decent and the plot is very entertaining ,even if you're not a beatle fan,you'll enjoy it.
June 16, 2015
Photographed by the now-legendary Gilbert Taylor (Star Wars, The Omen, Dr. Strangelove) and led by surprisingly strong and unexpectedly intimate performances by The Beatles, particularly Ringo, A Hard Day's Night is not only the most influential musical film of all time, but also tons of fun from start to finish and an abundance of hope and excitement for The Beatles before the drug-induced decline of their later years.
Many of these scenes have now influenced subsequent movie archetypes; the guys on the run from the screaming fans through the streets and train stations or hiding in phone booths or behind newspapers and fake beards, the screaming fans at a concert shot in alternately high and low angles and intercut with fast pans, or even the tv music video using broadcast equipment to create leading lines and artificially framed cropped shots. When the age of music videos came along years later, almost everything seen throughout the music videos of the 80s, 90, and 00s can be traced back to a variation of things seen in the wonderfully fun musical numbers.
May 20, 2015
Hahaha Ringo is cute.
May 12, 2015
My favorite movie ever! It displays the fun personalities of the Beatles.
½ May 8, 2015
The camera work is stellar, setting the scene for all future concert filmings. The soundtrack is obviously excellent, and the Beatles have a surprisingly good screen presence.
½ May 1, 2015
This movie definitely can't be taken too seriously. Low on plot but full of gags and fun. And of course the Beatles fab music. 1001
April 23, 2015
A Hard Day's Night, in some ways, feels like a snapshot of what was going on with The Beatles at the time the movie was made through an almost satirical view. We follow them from a train ride to London to the TV studio where they are due to perform, yet if only they could keep their mischievous selves out of trouble, evading crazed fans and paparazzi as well. You do get the feeling at times like you're watching vintage material during many of these moments. Then you witness a scene of them harassing a man in a train car, leaving the car and running alongside the train while it's still in motion, waving to the man through the window. That's when you realize that the narrative is more than what it appears to be. If anything, it's purely a romp. Shot in a cinéma vérité style with a small budget of $500,000, the film's title came about after Ringo had made a malapropism about a particular set of gigs, saying that it had been "a hard day's night." The phrase was remembered by the group when choosing the film's title (which was originally just Beatlemania). Although The Beatles made more films, A Hard Day's Night is seen as the strongest of the films that they took part in. Not only was it considered influential on music videos later on, but it was also seen as a strong piece of filmmaking. It certainly had a strong influence on The Monkees' TV show, and (according to some) perhaps even on comedies and spy films of the era. Roger Ebert even felt that nearly all of modern documentary filmmaking, handheld camera work, and editing techniques were directly influenced by the film. Even with all of its accolades and appreciations, it's a clever and entertaining film with a great soundtrack.
½ April 15, 2015
A Hard Day's Night is energetic, but The Beatles' music hadn't reached its visceral impact just yet, and the bromantic chemistry between its quartet of rockstars is disappointingly excluded from this rock-and-roll journey into fame.
½ March 31, 2015
Only for serious fans of the Beatles, which I am not. There is really no plot. It's basically just the band goofing off aimlessly. I somewhat enjoyed it at first, but it got old fast. (First and only viewing - 3/25/2015)
March 23, 2015
Absolutely hilarious. I watched it three times over the weekend, the boys wit and charm makes this film 5/5
March 11, 2015
First and best fab four movie. I like it so much for how it captures their youthful beatlemania days, I had to own it. Good fun.
February 28, 2015
Surprisingly hilarious and well-shot.
February 21, 2015
A fun and delightful experience, full of music and color, so to speak. An obligation for Beatlemaniacs and even a good movie for those who are not, for it is also an entertaining comedy.
January 23, 2015
part Ealing comedy, part music video. all fluff.
January 22, 2015
The Beatles' attempt to follow Elvis' lead by making a movie surpassed any of Pressley's productions in this classic, artsy black-and-white comedy. The Fab Four, complimentary compared to the Marx Brothers, are filmed "in a train and a room and a car and a room and a room and a room" (as Paul's grandfather complains), but anywhere the Beatles show up makes it an extraordinary place. The witty humor, the unforgettable songs, the impeccable casting of supporting characters, topped off with the ambiance that Beatlemania created...all of these ingredients produced a feast for the eyes and ears that can easily be watched over and over. It's just a shame that only 10 stars can be given!
January 7, 2015
Even if "The Beatles" couldn't back it up with their fine music they would have been famous for this incredible film. I love this flick but as a comedy?
January 2, 2015
The fans and listeners of The Beatles would enjoy this more than an average moviegoer who'll see how this is a genuine classic on musicians playing their music throughout a day of their lives, concert or off the stage with comedic moments. (B+)

(Full review coming soon)
½ December 31, 2014
Some of those great old school Beatles music. A lot of great tunes, and some funny moments in this flick.
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