Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Pop star Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees star in this musical, loosely based on the popular 1967 Beatles album Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In the story, Billy Shears, who now heads the Lonely Hearts Club Band, is the grandson of the famous Sergeant Pepper. He is confronted by the need to save the magical musical instruments of the band from the bad guys, led by music tycoon B.D. Brockhurst (Donald Pleasance), who want to steal them. If they succeed, the magic which infuses "Heartland U.S.A." will disappear. Among the many Beatles' songs performed in the film by… 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, Filmcritic.com
"The only reason to watch this is to laugh at how bad it was. That, and the haircuts."
‑ Sarah Chauncey, Reel.com
"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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