Across the Universe
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"Across the Universe" is a love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll, moving from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers, Jude and Lucy, along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with "Dr. Robert" and "Mr. Kite" as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...the long and winding road that is Julie Taymor's opulent, eye-filling, and disappointingly uninvolving musical extravaganza..."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"A baby-boomer masturbatory center"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A marvelous visual experience that works even for non-Beatles fans."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Across the Universe doesn't completely work, but when it does, you're in for one wild and wonderful ride."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, Colorado Springs Gazette
"A shorter cut, stripped of some of the forced multiculturalism and contemporary political references, would play like gangbusters in middle schools."
‑ Karina Longworth, SpoutBlog
"Across the Universe isn't beholden to any stage incarnation. It owes its vision to the vibrant imagination of its director, who created a musical that reminds us how cultural-political events can change our tune."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The actors all do considerable justice to the Fab Four's classics, but they are ultimately failed by Taymor's neglect of actual story."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"chooses cheesy and nostalgic mis-en-scene over meaningful engagement with the musical material. A terrible disappointment."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"The DVD two-disk set gives us the remarkable movie plus lots of extras"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"For my money, give me the original songs and a beer any day, but for a cute treat with a linear story and engaging characters, I suggest "Across the Universe"..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"[A] visionary attempt to wed a story of young love and 1960s war protest to the Lennon-McCartney catalog."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Visually and thematically audacious..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"'Across the Universe' is whimsical silliness, imaginatively constructed but precious and gratingly excessive."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"Proves compelling enough to give meaning to the whole as a successful experiment and stylization, if predictable and sentimental."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"It's a dicey proposition to reverse-engineer a story, and Across the Universe shows the strain...[nonetheless] a very impressive music-video anthology. [DVD review included.]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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