Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Here is a bold, beautiful, visually enchanting musical where we walk INTO the theater humming the songs.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
This much is inarguable: In the more than two flamboyant hours of Across the Universe, Julie Taymor doesn't cheat us for a single second.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
While the songs are recycled, Across the Universe stands out just by existing.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
To call it trippy would be an understatement. Your head might explode. Just don't accuse Taymor of playing it safe.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Julie Taymor says the idea for her Across the Universe was "to create an original musical using only the songs of the Beatles." That's like saying you're going to create a new element using only gold.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A bizarre counterculture jukebox musical.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While style trumps substance, something in the way this '60s tribute moves attracts us.
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The Hollywood Reporter

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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Goofy, pompous, annoyingly boomer-myopic Fab Four musical.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Hobbled by its vaguely insulting comic-book version of the '60s and by a humorlessness that can only come from talented people convinced they're creating work for the ages.
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56 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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