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%

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"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
"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]
"An anarchic, ground-breaking breath of fresh air that weaves a fictional romp around a chaotic day in the life of the Fab Four as they try to make it to their big show."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"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
"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
"A Hard Day's Night looks chaotic and slapdash enough (and just occasionally, for me, depressing enough) to count as an experimentalist or underground movie."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"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
"American-born director Richard Lester serves up a helping of what, on this side of the pond, we came to think of as kicky, mod British filmmaking."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Pure, delirious, irresistible joy."
‑ Scott A. Mantz, Access Hollywood
"At a time when Elvis and Cliff were still making old-style musicals, this forerunner of the modern music video smashed the mould."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"The simple joys of mucking about are captured in this madcap concert tour farce with the Beatles."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
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