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In their second feature with director Richard Lester, who oversaw the massive hit A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles again aim for a mix of goofy comedy and sterling pop music. There is slightly more of a plot this time, though it is a patently ridiculous one: a sacred ruby ring comes into Ringo's possession, attracting the unwelcome attention of an exotic religious cult and forcing the boys to go on the run. This chase narrative is thankfully never taken too seriously, serving mainly as an excuse for colorful excursions to international locations from Europe to the Bahamas. The musical… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For casual viewers, the whole thing has a retro charm. For Beatles fans, it's a flawed but essential film."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Madcap, nonsensical romp with the Beatles."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Nonsensical fun."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A cheerful and cheeky death-knell for traditional standards of well-crafted filmmaking from the previous decade."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It really was phenomenal for the time, but even then, a bit thin around the edges. Our boys got to joke and meander about in a spy time spoof. Fun."
‑ Moira Sullivan,
"A Hard Day's Night may be more primitive, but it also seems more spontaneous."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A fascinatingly manic adventure-comedy that doesn't always work as well as it might, but has worn much better than some of the other films made in the same vein at the same time."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Already dated, but still a fun romp with the legendary Beatles."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Quirky but uneven musical-comedy"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"More cinematically influential than you know, this film showed that the Fab Four had great comic timing amongst their other already well-documented skills."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"The boys themselves are exuberant and uninhibited in their own genial way. They just become awfully redundant and -- dare I say it? -- dull."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Beatles fans have always been too kind in overlooking the film's obvious flaws."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Lester's anarchic absurdity and quick cut camera gags make for a pretty good whole."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Great Beatles movie full of fun, irreverent humor"
‑ Fred Topel,
"Wildly funny and what a soundtrack!"
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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