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Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
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  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    100
    Watching the opening of A Hard Day's Night is like getting a direct injection of happiness.
  2. Reviewed by: Jack Cole
    Jun 30, 2014
    100
    Even when the band plays away from private eyes or songs simply play over disconnected footage of them having fun, the strength of their songcraft is stirring.
  3. 100
    It's 85 minutes of screen time that represents one crystallized moment not in the Beatles' career per se but in the parallel career they forged inside all of us, the one that will last beyond any breakup, retirement or death.
  4. As joyously energetic now as the day it arrived.
  5. One of the most excitingly contemporary musicals ever made.
  6. Reviewed by: David Segal
    90
    Still a marvel of verve and bone-dry wit, the movie has been treated kindly by time.
  7. Reviewed by: Don Druker
    70
    Lester serves up a helping of what, on this side of the pond, we came to think of as kicky, mod British filmmaking

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. LincLink
    Feb 8, 2008
    10
    WOW!! Hilarious, amazing music...just one of my favorite films of all-time. I actually prefer "Help"(I like both the movie & music better), but comparing the two very different films is certainly an "apples and oranges" sort of exercise. If you haven't seen this, do yourself a favor and enjoy!!! Blessings!!! Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2014
    9
    An essential masterpiece, both comedic and as a prototype for music videos decades later, taking The Marx Brothers approach one step further with undeniably catchy musicianship, personality and charm to boot. When they can make the entire world basically forget about Elvis overnight, that's saying something. Expand
  3. JamesH.
    Jan 4, 2010
    7
    Rather revolutionary in 1964, it showcases The Beatles at their madcap best. It is a typical day in their lives, screaming fans and wild adventures. I admire the uniqueness of the film and the dry British humor. Very well edited, great music and a must for anyone interested in Fab Four. Expand

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