Across the Universe Synopsis
Two lovers (Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess) become entangled in 1960s counterculture.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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By lin17
I remember seeing the previews to this film and thinking how amazing it looked with the colors, the characters, and especially the music. It ended up being the best movie I have seen in a long time....

Watch it if you are into musical and the Beatles

By soniajinnette
It is colorfull and had potential, but they added so much musical that every time they started singing my group went (oh no!) and that was like every other minute, the story was hard to follow, some...

Out of this world!

By Movie_Junkie_TX
A truly heartwarming love story and drama. Loved how The Beatles music was blended in with the story line. Amazing how much Jim Sturgess looks a lot like a younger and scruffy looking Paul McCartney....

all you need is this movie

By LadyHawke47
beautifully constructed, elegantly thought through, deliciously cast, with the best soundtrack ever in the world. Taymor, the Beatles, and the 60s. It really is great....


By daniellem4
GREAT, talented cast! Wonderful, go!...


By dacoro
I must admit, I was a skeptic. You do not mess with The Beatles! But I went on a recommendation from a fellow music-loving friend. During the first half hour I was thinking... okay, this looks...

The best movie I have ever seen

By MTheBeast
This movie was fantastic i have seen it 3 times. I would strongly suggest you see this movie. I have never seen a movie like it. So go see it!...


By praying mantis
This movie was amazing! I loved the integration of the Beatles songs. It was original and very entertaining. I will definately buy it when it comes to DVD....

Beattles Fans

By forever7today
This is a heart touching movie. Kind of trippy at times, but it has a good idea and is beautifully carried out....

A masterpiece!!!!

By Jaylynn444
My boyfriend and I were both "Wowed" by this beautiful vision Director Julie Taymor brought to the screen. How brave to use a virtually unknown cast (except for Evan Racheal Wood and the surprise...

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Rated PG-13 | For for some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 14 & under Beatles musical hits strong notes amid sex, drugs.
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