80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Pure joy for Beatles fans and, one guesses, charming enough to seduce some viewers who wouldn't mind never hearing "She Loves You" ever again.
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80

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
Director Ryan White has crafted a deceptively simple film that should almost immediately win viewers over with its low-key charm.
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75

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
The sweet-faced Kelly is a lovely and humble storyteller, and her enduring affection for John, Paul, George and “Richie” is palpable.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Although the filmmakers apparently wanted to focus on the Beatles, the movie's strongest moments are about Freda herself.
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75

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Much of the charm of this highly charming film is the window it affords on the offstage Beatles and their families.
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60

Time Out New York

By Michael Atkinson
White’s revelation-free, nostalgia massage of a film works the archivals with genuine fondness.
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60

Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
White's film is a love letter not just to Kelly and the Beatles, but also to postwar working-class Liverpool.
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60

New York Daily News

Truth is, only hard-core fans of the Fab Four — granted, that’s a lot of people — will find themselves enthralled by this memo-by-memo account of the woman who spent 10 years handling the Liverpool lads’ mail. Others may be only mildly interested.
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50

Slant Magazine

The documentary will prove fascinating only to the die-hard fans that Freda Kelly spent years writing to, though in this case that's no small number of people.
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50

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Good Ol’ Freda celebrates an intensely private witness to four of the most public lives in pop-culture history.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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