I Wanna Hold Your Hand
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The time is 1964, and the Beatles, already a hugely popular group, are about to go on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, an appearance that launched them into a worldwide phenomenon. Already, girls are fainting during their concerts from sheer excitement at being in the same theater with them. Pam Mitchell (Nancy Allen) is happy enough to be getting married but wants to bed one of the "Fab Four" before she does. Grace Corrigan (Theresa Saldana), a dedicated fan, is certain that if she can get some exclusive photos of the Beatles, her career as a photographer will be secured.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I Wanna Hold Your Hand re-creates precisely the excitement the Beatles let loose 14 years ago; it transports the audience back to the eye of a phenomenal social hurricane."
‑ Frank Rich, TIME Magazine
"An engaging, slapstick look at the effect the Beatles had on the US when they crossed the Atlantic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Zany Beatles tale which has a lot of truth to it."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Zemeckis has better in him...but this is a nice entree"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"In the best scenes, Zemeckis suggests how the Beatles' blend of irreverence, romance and innocence encouraged a kind of youthful rebellion that was almost completely sanctioned."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Delightful sleeper pic about obsessed Beatles fans"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"An interesting social document about a watershed media event as well as a thoroughly entertaining movie."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If there's a tray full of food within camera range, rest assured that somebody will knock it over. If a stuck-in-the-elevator-on-the-eve-of-an-important-event routine presents itself, rest assured that its staging will be tried and true."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The film that started Zemeckis on his rise to fame. Coo coo kachoo."
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
"There are a few good moments (particularly for people who know the show's host and enjoy the spoof), but it seems an over heavy trip to the uninitiated."
‑ , Film4
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