Help! (1965)

In their second feature with director Richard Lester, who oversaw the massive hit A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles again aim for a mix of goofy comedy and sterling pop music. There is slightly more of a plot this time, though it is a… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 29, 1965
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Bourne

For casual viewers, the whole thing has a retro charm. For Beatles fans, it's a flawed but essential film.

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Tony Sokol
Den of Geek

Help! is a Beatles movie, but even without the fab four, it would be an important film.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Beatles fans have always been too kind in overlooking the film's obvious flaws.

Derek Adams
Time Out

A Hard Day's Night may be more primitive, but it also seems more spontaneous.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Madcap, nonsensical romp with the Beatles.

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TV Guide

Nonsensical fun.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The boys themselves are exuberant and uninhibited in their own genial way. They just become awfully redundant and -- dare I say it? -- dull.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A fascinatingly manic adventure-comedy that doesn't always work as well as it might, but has worn much better than some of the other films made in the same vein at the same time.

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Steve Crum

Already dated, but still a fun romp with the legendary Beatles.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
There's a script and lights and cameras and all that film tomfoolery, but that's of the least concern to the boys who openly flaunt their… More
Stephen M
A one joke movie stretched way beyond breaking point. Eleanor Bron and Leo McKern work hard to save the film from being a complete disaster but The Beatles… More
Aj V
Help! You're going to need it if you're a Beatles fan who hasn't seen this movie! I love this movie it's my favourite of the Beatles'… More
Michael Gildea
Entertaining and funny, but it's no Hard Day's Night.
Jennifer D
Ohhhhhh...... what is going on? Does anyone know? I love those movies where you just know what everyone is having fun. This is certainly one of them. It… More
Byron Brubaker
On MLK day the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame had free admission and, at least currently, they have regular showings of Help! playing in their movie theater. Wow,… More