Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 11, 2013
    80
    Pure joy for Beatles fans and, one guesses, charming enough to seduce some viewers who wouldn't mind never hearing "She Loves You" ever again.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Sep 10, 2013
    80
    Director Ryan White has crafted a deceptively simple film that should almost immediately win viewers over with its low-key charm.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 30, 2013
    75
    The sweet-faced Kelly is a lovely and humble storyteller, and her enduring affection for John, Paul, George and “Richie” is palpable.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Sep 26, 2013
    75
    Much of the charm of this highly charming film is the window it affords on the offstage Beatles and their families.
  5. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    Sep 12, 2013
    75
    Although the filmmakers apparently wanted to focus on the Beatles, the movie's strongest moments are about Freda herself.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Oct 24, 2013
    67
    The quality that made her an ideal fan club president makes her an endearing, if unenlightening, interviewee.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 19, 2013
    63
    The documentary transmits plenty of positive vibes, but it offers nothing fresh about the Fab Four.
  8. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 12, 2013
    60
    Truth is, only hard-core fans of the Fab Four — granted, that’s a lot of people — will find themselves enthralled by this memo-by-memo account of the woman who spent 10 years handling the Liverpool lads’ mail. Others may be only mildly interested.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Sep 10, 2013
    60
    White’s revelation-free, nostalgia massage of a film works the archivals with genuine fondness.
  10. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 5, 2013
    60
    White's film is a love letter not just to Kelly and the Beatles, but also to postwar working-class Liverpool.
  11. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 12, 2013
    50
    Good Ol’ Freda celebrates an intensely private witness to four of the most public lives in pop-culture history.
  12. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Sep 4, 2013
    50
    While Good Ol’ Freda will surely fascinate hardcore Beatles fans, there simply isn’t a feature-length story here.
  13. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Sep 1, 2013
    50
    The documentary will prove fascinating only to the die-hard fans that Freda Kelly spent years writing to, though in this case that's no small number of people.
  14. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Sep 4, 2013
    42
    The impression left is that of a movie bending over backward to not let its subject tell her life story.

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