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Good Ol' Freda Reviews

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½ October 17, 2016
This documentary is absolutely amazing for the simple reason that Freda is an amazing soul and probably the best safe keeper of the Beatles mania from the 60's. The film is beautiful done and the passion, commitment and strong determination of this woman you make you understand why Epstein chose her over thousands of other girls to become the 5th member of the most famous quartet in music history.
Humbling and enchanting from start to finish.
Super Reviewer
½ December 9, 2015
If you like The Beatles' music, there are plenty of chances to hear it here. This is a behind the scenes history of The Beatles from the point of view of Freda Kelly, secretary for the four lads from Liverpool and editor of their fan magazine. I'm a fan of The Beatles, but there are obviously much bigger fans. There are several cool stories about the families of the boys and how close Freda became to them all, however when she starts going through her mementos in the attic (newspaper and hair clippings), I began to wish the doc was a bit shorter. Even the archival photo and film begins to get a little repetitive. Freda of the 60s is painted as a thoroughly modern, take charge kind of girl. Freda today doesn't seem to regret anything, but she seems like a completely different person from her younger self. The story is unfortunate how she is one of countless women who gave up a career to raise a family and her children barely know anything about this earlier part of her life in proximity to fame. Now they and we have this document.
Super Reviewer
December 8, 2015
A very cute film about a very ordinary behind the scenes support for the Beatles who was quite extraordinary in her own way. One glaring note is the lack of a mention from a McCartney or a Starr. Surely they could have devoted sometime to talk about the life of a woman that they relied on to such a large degree.
½ October 10, 2015
Quizás el mejor documental que he visto de The Beatles. La carrera de los Fab Four vista -y contada- a través de los ojos de su secretaria, Freda Kelly, buena onda y con excelente vibra siempre, quien empezó a trabajar para ellos desde los 17 años, y del principio del grupo. Repleto de increíbles fotos y anécdotas; indispensable para los fans de hueso colorado.
½ March 10, 2015
Really enjoyable look back at the birth of the Beatles and the lives of those around them in the early days of the band
March 2, 2015
A beautiful story about a beautiful woman who worked for the Beatles. If you love the Beatles, then this is a treat. You will see and hear things that you've never seen or heard of the Beatles.
½ February 20, 2015
Integrity and friendship is a kind of genius too.
January 23, 2015
The friend behind the Beatles, good memories
January 3, 2015
This is a great film.
½ November 26, 2014
A documentary on the Beatles from the point of view of Brian Epstein's secretary. Some great info from a fan on the inside. Reluctant to "kiss and tell" the film lacks drama however. For me, it shows a personable side of Ringo as he and his Mom take Freda under their wing.

Beautifully shot with nice visuals of Liverpool, even the interviews are visually pleasing.
½ August 17, 2014
Immensely enjoyable documentary about the secretary and head of the Beatles' fan club. Worth it for the fantastic photos alone!
August 10, 2014
A charming though minor little movie about Freda Kelly, Brian Epstein's secretary and head of The Beatles fan club from 1963 to 1973. A shy and unassuming woman, she tells her story from the heart as she is ushered to places she obviously hasn't seen in forty years. You can see in her eyes as she connects with her memories. For a Beatles fan like me , this is a heartwarming andf informative narrative.
½ June 29, 2014
If you even halfway like the Beatles, this is a must watch. Freda Kelly is the spark to this documentary. She's lovably, clever, funny, and just genuinely wonderful to listen to talk about the Beatles. There is so much insight and so many wonderful stories. Please, please, please watch this documentary.
April 17, 2014
Freda -- you're cool.
April 8, 2014
I really enjoyed this documentary. I love The Beatles and learning about Freda Kelly was a joy. An absolute joy and she sounds very nice and personable.
March 27, 2014
A wonderful film about a wonderful woman
A wonderful movie! A wonderful woman!
Super Reviewer
½ March 25, 2014
Freda Kelly was the Beatles' secretary. A shy, humble girl who's admirably loyal to the band's privacy. Hence, this documentary is deadly uneventful. Even at just 86 minutes, the film seems too long, and Kelly's endless shrugs, giggles and blushes soon turn tedious. The stress on soundbites from forgotten Merseybeat musicians over thoughts from, say, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Martin is another glaring problem. The score cuts corners by featuring just a handful of Beatles songs and filling the void with earlier songs that the group covered.
February 23, 2014
I loved this. Like all the reviews point out, after several decades since their dissolution, there aren't many new things to be learned about The Beatles. Still, that isn't the purpose of the documentary. This is an open love-letter to the their memory from one of the people who knew them best throughout their career on both a personal and professional level. She had a front row seat from the Cavern Club to the roof of Apple Records... who wouldn't want to hear that story?
½ February 20, 2014
pithy review: fanatic's fab four flashbacks.....
February 16, 2014
Adorably sweet documentary about the woman who acted as The Beatles' secretary and president of their fan club. Having previously been extremely shy and reluctant to talk about her experiences with the band, this film acts as a record for her grandchildren to know about her rock and roll early days.
Those hoping for salacious new details and stories about the band though will be disappointed. Freda holds true to her honor toward the band by not kissing and telling on anything. Some may find this obnoxious but its actually what makes her story and this film so charming.
Fellow Beatles fans should not miss it!
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