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Nowhere Boy Reviews

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 31, 2013
Fascinating...fills in a lot of blank spaces in the Beatles history we already knew.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
It might not have what Beatles fans are expecting from a film about the young John Lennon, but it remains an interesting portrait of the early days of the future legend and is worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dave White
April 4, 2011
The content is there but the form is a Xerox copy of every celebrity coming-of-age tale you've heard and seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 9, 2011
A passable drama, and might make a nice double feature with Backbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 27, 2011
Nowhere Boy succeeds because its creators never wallow in sanctimony, keep contrivances to a minimum and has a lead actor who evolves his character rather than imitates.
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
December 28, 2010
Tallied up, while there are a few flashes of decent writing and some solid acting from the supporting cast, 'Nowhere Boy' lacks any cohesive tempo...
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 28, 2010
...quickly decomposes into a well-made picture of the artist as a young man.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Tony Macklin
November 13, 2010
Nowhere Boy goes somewhere, but it's not into art. Yoko Ono has okayed the movie, but I think John Lennon would sneer at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 12, 2010
It cares more about the characters and their relationships than it does the factual or historical context of it all.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 11, 2010
One of the more remarkable biopics to come along in a while, not in the least because it smacks of authenticity without too obviously trying to advertise the fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 7, 2010
While it is a downer, it is also interesting and there is enough music in it to at least whet the appetite, if not satisfy one's Beatle music craving.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Lybarger
MovieMaker Magazine
November 5, 2010
Nowhere Boy proves the flesh-and-blood Lennon is infinitely more fascinating than the saint.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 5, 2010
In this surprisingly conventional biopic, the unremarkable young John Lennon seems as likely to become Peter Noone or Gerry Marsden as the second coming of Elvis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
November 5, 2010
Watch for the emotion that manages to bubble up through that pasty, buttoned-up, stiff-upper-lip, postwar England.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 4, 2010
There's a whole lotta psychosexual stuff packed into Nowhere Boy, the tale of Lennon's adolescence in Liverpool, which may or may not be true, but it sure makes for a smashing film.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 4, 2010
Plays in no small way as a Life of St. John text, so awed by its subject that it refuses to actually grapple with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 4, 2010
The real subjects -- and strengths -- in this narrowly focused biopic are the two women who, more than any one else, were responsible for molding the future star's psyche.
| Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
October 28, 2010
...depicts the bittersweet birth of musical genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 22, 2010
Handsomely composed minor-key effort
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tony Medley
October 21, 2010
An interesting, entertaining film that opens new doors in understanding Lennon and the strange person he became, but... this film is not about the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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