A Hard Day's Night
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The year is 1964 and four young lads from Liverpool are about to change the world - if only the madcap world will let them out of their hotel room. Richard Lester's boldly contemporary rock n' roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members, and reveals the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie never feels like a nostalgia trip. It moves, breathes and sings with life."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Rejected the status quo with an irreverent, quick-cutting documentary style that could fairly be described as mod, rocking and mocking."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"This re-release offers a refreshed glimpse of a long-lost English Atlantis-and a farewell to it."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"Critic Andrew Sarris wasn't just playing the fanboy when he described this movie as 'The Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals.' He just might have been selling it short."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Pure, delirious, irresistible joy."
‑ Scott A. Mantz, Access Hollywood
"The results remain pop perfection."
‑ John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
"Let's talk about joy, and about wistfulness, because one so often trails the other, and both are woven into the DNA of A Hard Day's Night."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"The Beatles might break into song at any moment or they might run around a park goofing around while their songs are playing, but these moments truly work and they clearly helped to lay the groundwork for MTV Videos and musicals to come."
‑ J.C. Mašek III, PopMatters
"As invigorating and funny now as it was on its original release half a century ago, A Hard Day's Night offers both a perfect showcase for the Beatles and an intriguing snapshot of fast-changing, early-1960s British society."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Part musical bonanza, part laugh-out-loud farce, part satirical social document."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"The whole movie is an ecstatic mix of serendipity and invention. The Beatles were ready for their cinematic breakthrough."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"At best, it is fun. But "fun" is not an aesthetic experience: fun remains on the surface. I have nothing against the surface. But it belongs where it is and shouldn't be taken for anything else."
‑ Jonas Mekas, Village Voice
"an art film and an exploitation film, a comedy and a musical, a celebration of the Beatles and a satire of their fame and fortune"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It's pure joy as I Should Have Known Better, And I Love Her and Tell Me Why pour out over footage of thousands of screaming, weeping schoolgirls with bouffant hair and miniskirts pursuing John, Paul, George and Ringo."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"It's more than a movie; it's a key artifact (minus must or muss) of a cultural phenomenon."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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