Across the Universe
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Set against the anti-war protests, rock & roll revolution, and mind-expanding psychedelia of the 1960s, Julie Taymor's hallucinogenic musical follows the arduous journey of star-crossed lovers Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) as they and a small group of musicians are swept up in the raging waters of the volatile counterculture movement. Guided through their journey by a pair known only as Dr. Robert (Bono) and Mr. Kite (Eddie Izzard), Jude and Lucy are eventually forced to find their way back to one another after being split apart by powerful forces beyond their control.… 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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