I Wanna Hold Your Hand
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

The time is 1964, and the Beatles, already a hugely popular group, are about to go on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, an appearance that launched them into a worldwide phenomenon. Already, girls are fainting during their concerts… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1978
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its slapstick humor and familiar plot don't break any new ground, but I Wanna Hold Your Hand succeeds at recapturing the excitement of a pivotal cultural moment.

Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

I Wanna Hold Your Hand re-creates precisely the excitement the Beatles let loose 14 years ago; it transports the audience back to the eye of a phenomenal social hurricane.

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Jason Bailey

A film about the joy of being young and a little bit crazy, ruled by the organizing principle of all Zemeckis and Gale's early work: barely controlled chaos.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Delightful sleeper pic about obsessed Beatles fans

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

In the best scenes, Zemeckis suggests how the Beatles' blend of irreverence, romance and innocence encouraged a kind of youthful rebellion that was almost completely sanctioned.

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Fernando F. Croce

The maiden voyage in Zemeckis' sarcastic time machine

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The film that started Zemeckis on his rise to fame. Coo coo kachoo.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

If there's a tray full of food within camera range, rest assured that somebody will knock it over. If a stuck-in-the-elevator-on-the-eve-of-an-important-event routine presents itself, rest assured that its staging will be tried and true.

TV Guide

An engaging, slapstick look at the effect the Beatles had on the US when they crossed the Atlantic.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Zany Beatles tale which has a lot of truth to it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A cute, funny, amusing tale of Beatles fans in the 60s. Also, look for (Back to the Future's) Marty McFly's siblings who both play characters in this… More
Leo L
Hilarious! Cute.
Mark Hobin
Makes you wish you were alive in 1964
Cameron Johnson
It's the directorial debut of big shot director Robert Zemeckis and is produced by Steven Spielberg, and yet, there's not one single person in this… More