Nowhere Boy
Nowhere Boy (2010)

John Lennon's childhood. Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled 15-year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John: Mimi, the buttoned-up aunt who raised him, and Julia, the prodigal… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Don't expect any musical insights, but this look at John Lennon's early life benefits from its restrained, low-key approach and some fine acting from Aaron Johnson.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Taylor-Wood has specialized in video installations and off-kilter portraits, and it was tempting to hope that her take on Lennon would unsettle and provoke. Instead, she stays resolutely on-kilter, as if awed into numbness by her subject.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

This portrait of a Beatle as a young man also gives filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood, working on a thoughtful script by Matt Greenhalgh, creative room to manoeuvre, introducing us to John just as he and rock 'n' roll discover one another.

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Graham Fuller

Given Lennon's wayward streak, Nowhere Boy is oddly safe and functional.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The events chronicled are all longstanding Beatles legends, though director Sam Taylor-Wood manages to stage even the most portentous moments without making you feel a celestial choir is in order.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Nowhere Boy is a poignant reminder that before the world was at his command, John Lennon was a bit like you and me.

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Nick James
Sight and Sound

The acting all round is pretty good, but the story itself is given to a sense of drift, as if the film itself doesn't know any better than Lennon what it wants.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

More love triangle than musical, the effective and often sweet Nowhere Boy offers a sense of the time and tension that produced John Lennon.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Although he doesn't look much like Lennon, Johnson captures that essence perfectly; the future icon is here a confused, hurt boy.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Fascinating...fills in a lot of blank spaces in the Beatles history we already knew.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An authentic and moving drama that takes a look at the life of a pre-Beatles 15-year-old John Lennon and mainly benefits from its sensitive narrative approach… More
Sophie Burgess
An interesting but unfocused look into John Lennon's teen years which introduced us to the formation of the Beatles (sans Ringo) and gave us an idea of his… More
Jim Hunter
Young John Lennon is torn between his mercurial biological mother and his stuffy aunt. The only thing I learned from this film is that John Lennon was once a… More
Melvin White
John: Why couldn't God make me Elvis?  Julia: 'Cause he was saving you for John Lennon. "The Extraordinary Story of John Lennon." Nowhere… More
Daniel Perry
Good performance by Aaron Johnson - capturing the Lennon spirit without really looking like him at all - and, (of course), a great one from Kristin Scott… More
paul sandberg
As I watched "Nowhere Boy", the more or less true story of a pre-Beatles John Lennon, I couldn't help but wonder if the story would have been as… More