Across the Universe

Across the Universe

Across the Universe

A musical romance set to songs by The Beatles, set in the 1960s; right smack in the middle of anti-war protests, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, and all that sex, drugs and rock and roll. The story follows a young love from school in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, the killing fields of Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool.

2008Rating: M, violence, offensive language, nudity133 minsUSA

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Reviews & comments

one to sit up and take notice

If the story dont take your fancy then the sound track will one of the best movies ive seen thats been made around the world events of the 1960s era and how it changed people and how music can be part of your life no matter if its good or bad.

5.0

A worthwhile watch

Pretty weak acting and "story", but some interesting, and not so, reworks of many Beatles classics.

3.0

Love love loved it!!

I have watched this movie several times now and today I cried at the end and was enthralled by the singing, cast, choreography, visuals. And I LOVE the fact that the songs were sung in such a pure way as they were intended and they sound stunning. A must see for Beatles fans

5.0

Okayyy...

I don't understand why this is playing in theaters, I've had the movie on DVD for about 6 or so months now. I liked the plot, the songs fit in well. [:

4.0

Top 5 movie of all time for me

What more to say. Combined my favorite music of all time with possibly one of the most beautiful actresses of all times with cameos to die for, a story that retroactively tells itself through that music, and renders that fave music in a powerful and fabulous new way...ok...a failing...probably 20 mins too long.

5.0

Was fab

Was more than we were expecting and the influence throughout of the Beatles was just amazing.

5.0

Fab

I just loved this movie. Beautifully drawn characters, the msuic was well chosen and beautifully sung. The casting was superb, Eddie Izzard as Mr Kite was absolute genius. Wonderful.

5.0

Brilliant!

One of the best movies I have ever seen. Gripping, funny, sad and most of all great music!! Why haven't we seen it here in NZ? A MUST SEE! Especially for Baby Boomers, having grown up in the 60s

5.0

Knock your socks off!

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen, cant wait to see it on the big screeen, does it take me back to my youth!!

5.0

Fantastic movie.

I spent ages looking for this movie after seeing a review on it and was not disappointed it when I finally got my hands on a copy. The songs are beautifully matched to the footage and story line. The actors are fabulous and the songs. One of the best movies I have seen.

5.0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Across the Universe, which filters the cultural revolt through a blizzard of early Beatles songs, ends up both reductive and smugly condescending to a presumptively know-nothing audience.

Variety

Variety

press

All you need is love -- for the Beatles, for psychedelic visuals, for ideas about being young in the ‘60s -- to fully enjoy Across the Universe.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Julie Taymor's visual gifts are very much in evidence in Across the Universe, an ambitious, only partly successful attempt to reinvigorate the musical genre.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Here is a bold, beautiful, visually enchanting musical where we walk INTO the theater humming the songs.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It’s haphazard, at times demented, entirely overreaching, and has experienced a tumultuous conflict over the final cut. Nothing about this film should work.

Here’s the good news: it’s wonderful.

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The plot is flimsy and predictable but the film certainly succeeds in reminding the audience how fabulous The Beatles' music was and is _ even when it's sung by somebody else.

3.0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Across the Universe, which filters the cultural revolt through a blizzard of early Beatles songs, ends up both reductive and smugly condescending to a presumptively know-nothing audience.

Variety

Variety

press

All you need is love -- for the Beatles, for psychedelic visuals, for ideas about being young in the ‘60s -- to fully enjoy Across the Universe.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Julie Taymor's visual gifts are very much in evidence in Across the Universe, an ambitious, only partly successful attempt to reinvigorate the musical genre.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Here is a bold, beautiful, visually enchanting musical where we walk INTO the theater humming the songs.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It’s haphazard, at times demented, entirely overreaching, and has experienced a tumultuous conflict over the final cut. Nothing about this film should work.

Here’s the good news: it’s wonderful.

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The plot is flimsy and predictable but the film certainly succeeds in reminding the audience how fabulous The Beatles' music was and is _ even when it's sung by somebody else.

3.0

one to sit up and take notice

If the story dont take your fancy then the sound track will one of the best movies ive seen thats been made around the world events of the 1960s era and how it changed people and how music can be part of your life no matter if its good or bad.

5.0

A worthwhile watch

Pretty weak acting and "story", but some interesting, and not so, reworks of many Beatles classics.

3.0

Love love loved it!!

I have watched this movie several times now and today I cried at the end and was enthralled by the singing, cast, choreography, visuals. And I LOVE the fact that the songs were sung in such a pure way as they were intended and they sound stunning. A must see for Beatles fans

5.0

Okayyy...

I don't understand why this is playing in theaters, I've had the movie on DVD for about 6 or so months now. I liked the plot, the songs fit in well. [:

4.0

Top 5 movie of all time for me

What more to say. Combined my favorite music of all time with possibly one of the most beautiful actresses of all times with cameos to die for, a story that retroactively tells itself through that music, and renders that fave music in a powerful and fabulous new way...ok...a failing...probably 20 mins too long.

5.0

Was fab

Was more than we were expecting and the influence throughout of the Beatles was just amazing.

5.0

Fab

I just loved this movie. Beautifully drawn characters, the msuic was well chosen and beautifully sung. The casting was superb, Eddie Izzard as Mr Kite was absolute genius. Wonderful.

5.0

Brilliant!

One of the best movies I have ever seen. Gripping, funny, sad and most of all great music!! Why haven't we seen it here in NZ? A MUST SEE! Especially for Baby Boomers, having grown up in the 60s

5.0

Knock your socks off!

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen, cant wait to see it on the big screeen, does it take me back to my youth!!

5.0

Fantastic movie.

I spent ages looking for this movie after seeing a review on it and was not disappointed it when I finally got my hands on a copy. The songs are beautifully matched to the footage and story line. The actors are fabulous and the songs. One of the best movies I have seen.

5.0