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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.
October 5, 2010
Taylor-Woods debut feature is a rote coming-of-age tableau that churns through stations of anger, inspiration, reconciliation, McCartney, and Harrison.
October 13, 2010
You could pair this one with Coco Before Chanel in a series called Before They Were Interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 28, 2010
...quickly decomposes into a well-made picture of the artist as a young man.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
October 7, 2010
Well-crafted and acted (especially by Aaron Johnson), it hits the biographical notes but misses its subject?s soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
October 30, 2009
There is something a bit bland, a bit kitchen sink, a bit telemovie, about this portrait of the artist as a young man.
December 17, 2009
If this turgid biopic of the young John Lennon was a musical instrument, it would be an untuned, one-string guitar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 7, 2010
Occasionally energetic, but primarily frantic, Boy appears more fascinated with melodrama than investigation, mashing down Lennon?s surprisingly complex adolescence into a flavorless paste.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
December 18, 2009
The late teenage years of John Lennon, put through the biopic wringer by screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh, come out as flat and lifeless as yesterday's "We Love the Beatles" T-shirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 5, 2010
There are brief moments when Nowhere Boy takes your breath away, when the frisson of future knowledge sends a shiver down the spine. But they're outweighed by the melodrama and the politesse of this disappointingly toothless biopic.
January 5, 2010
There's certainly the material there for a challenging coming-of-age drama, but Nowhere Boy is no more than a typical celebrity biopic, the kind you might see on BBC4, without any of the flair you might hope for from Taylor-Wood and Greenhalgh.
October 5, 2010
Nowhere Boy exists only for the same reason that Googling 'celebrity high school photos' will yield over 35 million results -- there is, in modern society, a deep and abiding obsession with famous people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 15, 2010
The story would not be very compelling if you replaced the character John Lennon with a character named John Smith.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 5, 2010
A barren soap opera of a film that puts more emphasis on Lennon's mood swings than what made his music so great.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 23, 2010
[S]omewhat touching, but since we go into this exercise with full awareness of Lennon's future, dramatic tension is nowhere to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 48/100
October 12, 2010
At about a 95 minute run time, Nowhere Boy feels far longer and this is not a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 14, 2010
As sympathetic and well-turned as it is, Nowhere Boy only gives us more mythology.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 7, 2010
charts the young musician's ascension from Elvis-worshiping schoolboy to the brainchild behind the Quarrymen to, finally, the lead singer of an unnamed band created with chums Paul McCartney and George Harrison
| Original Score: 3/5
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