Across the Universe

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 248 Ratings

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  • Summary: Across the Universe is a love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of antiwar protest, mind exploration, and rock and roll. The film moves from the dockyards of Liverpool and the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village to the riot-torn streets of Detroit andAcross the Universe is a love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of antiwar protest, mind exploration, and rock and roll. The film moves from the dockyards of Liverpool and the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village to the riot-torn streets of Detroit and the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers, Jude and Lucy are swept up into the emerging antiwar-counterculture movements. They are also joined by a small group of friends and musicians, with "Dr. Robert" and "Mr. Kite" as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart, forcing Jude and Lucy--against all odds--to find their own way back to each other. (Columbia Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. 100
    Here is a bold, beautiful, visually enchanting musical where we walk INTO the theater humming the songs.
  2. Somewhere around its midpoint, Across the Universe captured my heart, and I realized that falling in love with a movie is like falling in love with another person. Imperfections, however glaring, become endearing quirks once you’ve tumbled.
  3. While the songs are recycled, Across the Universe stands out just by existing.
  4. 63
    To call it trippy would be an understatement. Your head might explode. Just don't accuse Taymor of playing it safe.
  5. And yes, that is Salma Hayek in the chorus line of sexily sinister nurses, perhaps repaying Taymor for lending her dramatic credibility with "Frida."
  6. 50
    Elements of Across the Universe are shockingly awful and the film lasts at least 30 minutes past the bearable stage. But if you like the Beatles and the idea of hearing about 20 covers of their work fills you with a perverse joy, this may be the movie for you.
  7. Across the Universe will have ardent defenders, but in the long run, it will do nothing to infuse life into the current mini-revival of movie musicals and is as soft-headed as the wishful refrain “All You Need Is Love.” Maybe that works in real life but not in the movies, sister.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 133
  2. Negative: 32 out of 133
  1. BeaS.
    Nov 13, 2007
    10
    Loved it. Can't quite understand the nay-sayers. This is a musical for gods sake. What are you expecting??? In as far as musicals goes, Loved it. Can't quite understand the nay-sayers. This is a musical for gods sake. What are you expecting??? In as far as musicals goes, you can't get better nor more creative. Yes, at it's base, it's just another simple, and predictable, love story, but what a joyful ride getting there!!! Expand
  2. CathyR
    Mar 26, 2008
    10
    A fabulous movie!
  3. Sep 8, 2012
    10
    A musical is a movie where music is used as a piece of constancy, not as utensil for buying the viewers easy boredom. That's what musicalsA musical is a movie where music is used as a piece of constancy, not as utensil for buying the viewers easy boredom. That's what musicals nowadays don't understand (like High School Musical, Camp Rock, etc.) But Across the Universe truly makes a difference. It isn't the lame, disturbing-to-see type of musical: In fact, this is the first of the two musicals where I actually get impressed and potently pleased with what the movie delivers, othe other one being Hairpsray. It's groundbreaking, spectacular, extraordinarily rare and crazy, but not for the faint of heart. I loved it! Expand
  4. HowardR.
    Feb 23, 2008
    9
    Thought it was an excellent movie but with regard to acting, visuals, and music.
  5. RonG.
    Sep 24, 2007
    8
    Your liking of this movie will be mostly proportional to the love of the Beatles and your interest in the 60s. The movie is really a series Your liking of this movie will be mostly proportional to the love of the Beatles and your interest in the 60s. The movie is really a series of music videos, though the term is somewhat demeaning to these mostly fabulous montages. I personally enjoyed the musical covers. The characters didn't need to be called Lucy, Sadie, Rita, Prudence. It helps to have a little inside knowledge of the 60s and the New York scene. The Cafe Wha for example has been changed to the Cafe Huh. The Village Gate though is still the Village Gate. And the singing from a rooftop is reminiscent of another band's rooftop performance... Expand
  6. ArthurX
    Oct 28, 2007
    4
    Whoever categorized this movie as a musical probably never saw a musical. In the entire movie, there is probably 20 minutes worth seeing. Whoever categorized this movie as a musical probably never saw a musical. In the entire movie, there is probably 20 minutes worth seeing. Besides "I've Just Seen a Face" and "Come Together" all songs felt clumsily tacked on. After the first 50 minutes, the characters meander around pointlessly. The story twists and contorts itself for the inclusion of a few more poorly done songs. Expand
  7. JimS.
    Sep 14, 2007
    0
    The Beatles are the most over rated rock band in the world. Their music is terrible and makes an excellent match for this craptacular film.

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