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Nowhere Boy Reviews

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April 6, 2017
The acting all round is pretty good, but the story itself is given to a sense of drift, as if the film itself doesn't know any better than Lennon what it wants.
January 31, 2013
Fascinating...fills in a lot of blank spaces in the Beatles history we already knew.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
February 9, 2011
A passable drama, and might make a nice double feature with Backbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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.
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...
November 28, 2010
...quickly decomposes into a well-made picture of the artist as a young man.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
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
November 12, 2010
It cares more about the characters and their relationships than it does the factual or historical context of it all.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2010
...depicts the bittersweet birth of musical genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2010
Handsomely composed minor-key effort
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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