Nowhere Boy
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The true story of John Lennon's troubled childhood and difficult relationship with his family is brought to the screen in this period drama. Young John (Alex Ambrose) is a bright but sharp-tongued boy living in the coastal town of Liverpool during the 1950s with his aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and uncle George (David Threlfall). John's father walked out on the family when he was four years old, and the boy was given to Mimi to raise, even though his mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), was still alive. While Mimi's straight-laced nature runs counter to John's more reckless… More

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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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