Across the Universe
Across the Universe (2007)

"Across the Universe" is a love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll, moving from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Psychedelic musical numbers can't mask Across the Universe's clichéd love story and uninteresting characters.

Jonathan F. Richards

...the long and winding road that is Julie Taymor's opulent, eye-filling, and disappointingly uninvolving musical extravaganza...

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

...Julie Taymor's rhapsodic mash note to John, Paul, George and Ringo falls just short of breathtaking.

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Elena Nicolaou

Logically, I know that love isn't all you need. For the hour and a half I spent rewatching Across the Universe, though, I thought it was.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Across the Universe isn't beholden to any stage incarnation. It owes its vision to the vibrant imagination of its director, who created a musical that reminds us how cultural-political events can change our tune.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Across the Universe is a classic example of ambition exceeding execution.

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Fernando F. Croce

A baby-boomer masturbatory center

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

[A] visionary attempt to wed a story of young love and 1960s war protest to the Lennon-McCartney catalog.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Most of the songs are performed in such saccharine style and staged so literally that they almost seem like they belong in a Broadway show. That's a very bad thing.

Michael Dequina

The actors all do considerable justice to the Fab Four's classics, but they are ultimately failed by Taymor's neglect of actual story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
This ambitious pastiche musical is perhaps just too avant-garde - trying to fit so many Beatles songs and tropes into a cohesive, motivated story about war,… More
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four stars
Jens S.
The idea of a film telling its love story primarily through Beatles songs is great. An d while some versions of the classic tunes work better than others, the… More
Zach Brehany
With me being something of a fan, a lover if you will, of The Beatles, this has been a film I have put off watching for quite some time. The reason was really… More
Sam Barnett
This may sound harsh, but "Across The Universe" is basically a Beatle-themed "Glee" movie. This isn't necessarily an insult - if you… More
Sophie Burgess
Pretty much the only thing I loved about this was the music and a couple of the dance scenes. Evan Rachel Wood and Joe Anderson gave good performances, and it… More