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Good Ol' Freda Reviews

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 26, 2013
Brian Epstein needed someone to run the nascent Official Beatles Fan Club. Freda, just 17, got the job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Marsha Lederman
Globe and Mail
September 20, 2013
In this charming insider account, Kelly traces her history with the band from the very early days until after their split.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 19, 2013
[A] delightful documentary ...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 19, 2013
While the tales of the band's spectacular rise create a genial mood, the film feels superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 19, 2013
[Gives] insight into a rare, innocent time in rock history when a scrap of pillowcase that cradled a mop-top singer or an autographed photo were all fans needed to feel close to their idols.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 19, 2013
Although this music documentary has some historic value, it aims to entertain -- and succeeds, largely because its subject is a natural on camera.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 16, 2013
[A] warmhearted documentary portrait ...
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 13, 2013
For any hard-core Beatles fan, this is essential stuff - and for anyone who follows pop culture, it's rather bittersweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
September 13, 2013
The sweet-faced Kelly is a lovely and humble storyteller, and her enduring affection for John, Paul, George and "Richie" is palpable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12, 2013
We love her, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 12, 2013
A generic jaunt down memory lane ...
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
September 12, 2013
Don't look for scoops on Yoko or the band's breakup, but it's hard not to smile at the mop-top nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Time Out
September 11, 2013
White's revelation-free, nostalgia massage of a film works the archivals with genuine fondness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
September 10, 2013
A surprisingly satisfying and moving experience.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2013
White's film is a love letter not just to Kelly and the Beatles, but also to postwar working-class Liverpool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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September 5, 2013
Music documentaries don't get more inessential than Good Ol' Freda, a Kickstarter-funded, not-quite-profile of Freda Kelly, The Beatles' longtime secretary.
Full Review | Original Score: C-