91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
By the end of Nowhere Boy, you'll feel you know John Lennon better than you ever did.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It paints a complex picture of strained familial relations and a poignant look at the wounds inflicted on a sensitive soul by an unreliable parent.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Taylor-Wood stresses the universals rather than the specifics of John's youth. So don't go expecting a Fab Four origin story. The word Beatles is never uttered. But do go.
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75

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Although this is a film about the influential women in Lennon's life, it succeeds equally in its evocation of the family Lennon built among his boyhood mates.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Johnson doesn't resemble, much less embody, Lennon, but he does catch his distinctive glint of mischief tinged with pain. Duff and Scott Thomas are both exceptional, revealing how John's relationship with these two clashing sisters marked his character.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
To watch Nowhere Boy is to appreciate anew both the anger that drove Lennon and the strength of character it took for him to overcome it.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The script, adapted by Matt Greenhalgh from a memoir by Lennon's half-sister, Julia Baird, is flagrantly Oedipal; almost every scene between John and his mother is sexually charged. The curse is taken off most of these encounters by Anne-Marie Duff's eloquent work in the mother's role.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As sympathetic and well-turned as it is, Nowhere Boy only gives us more mythology.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Strong performances by Kristin Scott Thomas as the stern Aunt Mimi, who raised the future Beatle from the age of 5, and Anne-Marie Duff as his troubled mother heighten the dramatic appeal of what otherwise is quite a dull film.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Johnson is convincing as a swaggering, jokey Lennon, but the photos of young John, Paul and George that end the movie ultimately have more punch than this bubblegummy montage.
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67 out of 100
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