It Was Fifty Years Ago Today... Sgt Pepper and Beyond

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This documentary explores the inception and recording of The Beatles' groundbreaking experimental album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, and how it represented not only a revolution in the band's music, but reflected the revolution of the 1960's itself.

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Critic Reviews for It Was Fifty Years Ago Today... Sgt Pepper and Beyond

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

  • It's not easy to make a documentary about the greatest album in history when you don't have access to a single note of the music, but this documentary forges on and cashes in regardless ...

    May 26, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

    Guardian
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  • Alan G Parker's film is an overlong, tedious parade of familiar talking heads (Hunter Davies, Pete Best) trotting out familiar anecdotes and, significantly for a film about an album, there's not a note of Beatles music.

    May 25, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • There isn't a single note of the actual album to be heard, nor any images of the record itself and its famed cover art.

    May 25, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • What's the point in making a documentary about a classic album if you don't have the rights to any of the music?

    May 22, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Even blessed with such a rich subject and vast reserves of archive footage, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! still has the threadbare feel of an unauthorized cash-in.

    May 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Diehard Beatles fans may enjoy the wealth of archive footage featured, but a documentary about an iconic album without any of the music comes across as a cheap attempt to make some money off the back of its anniversary.

    Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for It Was Fifty Years Ago Today... Sgt Pepper and Beyond

  • Nov 12, 2017
    Compared to Ron Howard's Eight Days a Week this is awful. Too many uninteresting talking heads (none of the Fab Four themselves) who had little to nothing to do with the release of the Sgt. Pepper album. Beatles history covered in many other documentaries. Limited archival footage. And the filmmakers could not afford to license ANY Beatles music to support something that is supposed to be all about an iconic album.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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