Across the Universe2007

Critics score:
53 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Tasha Robinson, AV Club:Its crazed ambition. When it falls, it falls far, but at least that means it's reaching high.Read more

Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic:There's a lot of great stuff here, but it just doesn't come together.Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe:Contrary to what you may have heard, love isn't all you need.Read more

Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune:If you can get past its relatively minor failings, it's hard not to be seduced by the big heart of this chaotic, colorful movie.Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader:The Rent-like ensemble of yearning young people at the center of the story is a drag; I wanted to turn the sound down on them and say rude things.Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle:...Julie Taymor's rhapsodic mash note to John, Paul, George and Ringo falls just short of breathtaking.Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor:Julie Taymor's flower-powery phantasmagoria is ambitious but ultimately tiresome.Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post:Across the Universe isn't beholden to any stage incarnation. It owes its vision to the vibrant imagination of its director, who created a musical that reminds us how cultural-political events can change our tune.Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News:Across the Universe is a classic example of ambition exceeding execution.Read more

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Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com:...the long and winding road that is Julie Taymor's opulent, eye-filling, and disappointingly uninvolving musical extravaganza...Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press:Most of the songs are performed in such saccharine style and staged so literally that they almost seem like they belong in a Broadway show. That's a very bad thing.Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday:There's so much to like, even love, about Across the Universe that you're even more exasperated about its faults.Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger:Across the Universe doesn't have a story so much as a sloppy collage. It drops in character names from the lyrics and shoves in a new song whenever possible. But it only manages to do all that by mangling ideas and misreading the music.Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR.org:Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News:The movie is no more than an interesting experiment and a rarity among movie musicals in that even if you enjoy it, you won't want to hear it again.Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post:An interesting failure, not a fascinating one.Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel:Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer:Sometimes it works brilliantly, other times (masked dancers gyrating on ocean waves -- ick!) you just want to run.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews:One could never argue that Across the Universe isn't ambitious. However, like many ambitious movies, this one fails spectacularly.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:The experience of the movie is joyous.Read more

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle:The movie succeeds on sheer catchiness, and [director] Taymor piles on enough visual extravaganza to conceal the fact that there isn't much of a story.Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune:A groundbreaking, rule-bending, expectation-smashing musical.Read more

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Rick Groen, Globe and Mail:Yes, this is tour de force stuff, and yet, just like a good pop tune, the premise is all boy-meets-girl simplicity.Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star:You'd have been better off sampling the brown acid at Woodstock than risking brain cells on Across the Universe, the bizarrely ornate nail Julie Taymor hammers into the Beatles' coffin.Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine:Even those resistant to or unmoved by the story can appreciate Taymor's settings of the songs, and the arrangements by T-Bone Burnett and other studio masters.Read more

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Dave Calhoun, Time Out:Taymor has mistaken a deeply cliched view of the late '60s for a radical slice of the zeitgeist. Let it be.Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today:An often-dazzling rock opera set to the accompaniment of 33 Beatles songs.Read more

Justin Chang, Variety:Julie Taymor has delivered an audacious, idiosyncratic creation that plays like a riff on Hair with Fab Four cachet, stretching a thin love story across one tumultuous decade.Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post:Across the Universe, in which Taymor shoehorns, contorts and otherwise bullies some of the Fab Four's greatest hits into a vapid Hollywood musical, is the kind of project that must have looked great on paper. On screen, eh, not so much.Read more