Nowhere Boy
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John Lennon's childhood. Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled 15-year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John: Mimi, the buttoned-up aunt who raised him, and Julia, the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock 'n' roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney. Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But, a resilient young man finds his voice -- and an icon explodes into the world.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Taylor-Wood has specialized in video installations and off-kilter portraits, and it was tempting to hope that her take on Lennon would unsettle and provoke. Instead, she stays resolutely on-kilter, as if awed into numbness by her subject."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"This portrait of a Beatle as a young man also gives filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood, working on a thoughtful script by Matt Greenhalgh, creative room to manoeuvre, introducing us to John just as he and rock 'n' roll discover one another."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Fascinating...fills in a lot of blank spaces in the Beatles history we already knew."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"A passable drama, and might make a nice double feature with Backbeat."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"...quickly decomposes into a well-made picture of the artist as a young man."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The events chronicled are all longstanding Beatles legends, though director Sam Taylor-Wood manages to stage even the most portentous moments without making you feel a celestial choir is in order."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Nowhere Boy is a poignant reminder that before the world was at his command, John Lennon was a bit like you and me."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It might not have what Beatles fans are expecting from a film about the young John Lennon, but it remains an interesting portrait of the early days of the future legend and is worth seeking out."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Nowhere Boy succeeds because its creators never wallow in sanctimony, keep contrivances to a minimum and has a lead actor who evolves his character rather than imitates."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Nowhere Boy goes somewhere, but it's not into art. Yoko Ono has okayed the movie, but I think John Lennon would sneer at it."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"More love triangle than musical, the effective and often sweet Nowhere Boy offers a sense of the time and tension that produced John Lennon."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Although he doesn't look much like Lennon, Johnson captures that essence perfectly; the future icon is here a confused, hurt boy."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The content is there but the form is a Xerox copy of every celebrity coming-of-age tale you've heard and seen before."
‑ Dave White,
"Tallied up, while there are a few flashes of decent writing and some solid acting from the supporting cast, 'Nowhere Boy' lacks any cohesive tempo..."
‑ John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine
"It cares more about the characters and their relationships than it does the factual or historical context of it all."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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