Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Rock promoter Robert Stigwood produced this musical pastiche of Beatles songs, based on their seminal rock album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Peter Frampton (as Billy Shears) and The Bee Gees (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, and Maurice Gibb as Mark, Dave, and Bob Henderson) make up the Fab Four of Sgt. Pepper's Band. Twenty-nine Beatles songs are woven together -- sung by as disparate a collection of personalities as George Burns, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Connie Stevens, David Bowie, and Steve Martin, who perform hallucinatory versions of Beatles hits. The whole mish-mash culminates… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A totally bubblegum and cotton candy melange of garish fantasy and narcissism."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Indescribably awful."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Inert musical set to the bubblegum music of the popular 1967 Beatles album."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"gleefully nutty chaos!"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"You need not see it to believe it."
‑ , Film4
"This crass moral pantomime is plain embarrassing."
‑ , Time Out
"A motion picture whose awfulness can hardly be imagined on a human scale."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The music is really good, too. Never mind the 'story.'"
‑ Christopher Null,
"The only reason to watch this is to laugh at how bad it was. That, and the haircuts."
‑ Sarah Chauncey,
"Mermerizingly awful. A bad idea, badly executed"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This isn't a movie, it's a business deal set to music."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Pathetic acting and a scattershot plot sink this pitiful attempt by producer Robert Stigwood to turn the landmark Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band into an engaging film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Oh yeah, the Bee Gees are much better than that other band."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Sitting through what passes for a story here is like trying to make a meal out of a can of vanilla frosting. ...The comments on the test screening scorecards must have been priceless."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A fascinating mess with strong retro camp appeal."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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