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Yellow Submarine Reviews

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Michael Sauter
Entertainment Weekly
December 8, 2014
Sure, some of the puns and in-jokes sound a little dated, but any movie that strings together lines from Shakespeare merely as a throwaway comic riff is, in my book, a film for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Parkinson
Radio Times
December 8, 2014
An endlessly inventive picture that blends 1960s psychedelia with such diverse styles as pop art and Art Deco to create the fantastical world of Pepperland and its bizarre inhabitants.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 22, 2012
A unique and often brilliant animated film that pictures the Beatles as towering and often god-like gentlemen who have the power to change worlds...
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 19, 2012
An outrageously inventive piece of eye-popping pop, it still qualifies as one of the greatest animated movies ever made. (It also landed in the number 11 spot on Creative Loafing's own list of The 20 Greatest Rock Films Ever Made.)
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Norm Schrager
Paste Magazine
June 8, 2012
Whether it was a case of inspiration or coincidence, most of Yellow Submarine's more creative and graceful visuals are those that complement the songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.0/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 6, 2012
even without the Beatles-endorsed drugs of the time, it's still fascinating to watch
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 5, 2012
The 1968 animated classic by the Beatles as their declaration of independence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
June 5, 2012
If the film's mod trappings seem locked in a specific (and increasingly distant) era, its playful wit remains timeless.
| Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
February 14, 2012
What a trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Beatles classic with great animation, music.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 19, 2010
Truly one of the finest animated films and one of the finest cinematic musicals of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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TIME Magazine
September 4, 2008
If the result seems less a coherent story than a two-hour pot high, Submarine is still a breakthrough combination of the feature film and art's intimacy with the unconscious.
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
September 2, 2008
A garish, gorgeous example of pop art at its finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

September 2, 2008
There's a quiet note of melancholy in much of this material, which is much more persuasive and concrete than the larky, intoxicating pleasure usually claimed for the film.

TV Guide
September 6, 2007
A zesty, satisfying celebration of animation, fantasy, love, and the Beatles that pleases the eyes as much as the ears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
September 6, 2007
Here are all the ingredients of a novel entertainment.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
September 6, 2007
This 1968 Beatles musical gets somewhat plot heavy near the end, but it's a marvel of innocence and free association, blending several animation techniques in a loose narrative full of gentle bad puns and flowing visual segues.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 6, 2007
The animation is imaginatively conceived, but stiffly executed.
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
June 24, 2006
There's such a wide disparity of graphic styles from sequence to sequence. Some of them, though, still look terrific.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
September 9, 2005
Not a splendid time for all.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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