Backbeat 1994

Critics score:
74 / 100

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Janet Maslin, New York Times: Backbeat, which for all its pretensions can often be impressively canny and affectionate about its subject, is helped enormously by newly recorded versions of Beatle records. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: There's nothing very profound here, but we do at least get a nice handling of period and milieu, and pretty good performances of the songs. Read more

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James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Since director Iain Softley seems more interested in establishing tone and atmosphere than in creating vital personalities, he is unable to harness the full power of his story. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: At the end, I felt cheated. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: The music is loud and raw, but nevertheless evokes the excitement it generated. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: The early, pre-fame days of the Beatles are a great subject for a film, but the potential has been only partly realized in Backbeat. Read more

Richard Harrington, Washington Post: Working with a time period and two crucial characters probably not too familiar to less-than-avid Beatles or rock fans, Softley needs a great performance, and he gets it from Hart. Read more

John F. Kelly, Washington Post: Softley is able to enliven a familiar story and famous characters. His cast helps him. Read more