Good Ol' Freda

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  • Summary: Good Ol' Freda' tells the story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: the Beatles. As the Beatles' fame multiplies, Freda bears witness to music and cultural history but never exploits her insider access. Their loyal secretaryGood Ol' Freda' tells the story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: the Beatles. As the Beatles' fame multiplies, Freda bears witness to music and cultural history but never exploits her insider access. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda finally tells her tales for the first time in 50 years. Collapse

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  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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Sep 10, 2013
    60
    White’s revelation-free, nostalgia massage of a film works the archivals with genuine fondness.
  7. 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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