Yellow Submarine 1968

Critics score:
96 / 100

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Michael Sragow, The movie's boggling matter-of-factness is a key to its enduring -- no, its deepening -- charm. Read more

Renata Adler, New York Times: Yellow Submarine is a family movie in the truest sense. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: The animation is imaginatively conceived, but stiffly executed. Read more

Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader: This 1968 Beatles musical gets somewhat plot heavy near the end, but it's a marvel of innocence and free association, blending several animation techniques in a loose narrative full of gentle bad puns and flowing visual segues. Read more

Michael Sauter, Entertainment Weekly: Sure, some of the puns and in-jokes sound a little dated, but any movie that strings together lines from Shakespeare merely as a throwaway comic riff is, in my book, a film for the ages. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A music-based animated film for the ages. Read more

TIME Magazine: If the result seems less a coherent story than a two-hour pot high, Submarine is still a breakthrough combination of the feature film and art's intimacy with the unconscious. Read more

Tony Rayns, Time Out: There's such a wide disparity of graphic styles from sequence to sequence. Some of them, though, still look terrific. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Here are all the ingredients of a novel entertainment. Read more

Richard Harrington, Washington Post: Almost 20 years after its release, this charming fable chronicling the Beatles' battles to save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies is one of the best testaments ever to the redeeming value of good music. Read more