Nowhere Boy Synopsis
An account of John Lennon's (Aaron Johnson) teenage years and the formation of the Beatles.
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As sympathetic and well-turned as it is, Nowhere Boy only gives us more mythology.
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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...
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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...
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deserving of a better review

By ihearttburton
alright, so Wood did an incredible job in this biopic. it gives incredible insight into the childhood of the household name John Lennon, and humanizes his existence, which creates a familiarity that...

Although this review may not......

By lovestalentmoviefan well received,I have to say the movie was unremarkable,although I did enjoy it. Just didn't relate like I wanted to. I found the mother extremely disturbing too,and maybe that colored my...

Five Word Review

By sprtschck
Encounter John Lennon's teenage existence....

Nowhere Boy

By kravitzky9
Very good film about John Lennon's teenage years. Most of what was portrayed in the film is heavily documented in books and articles but not in feature films. Aaron Johnson gives a very convincing...

Making of a genius

By suemarie
Story of John Lennon and his relationships with him unstable mother and the aunt who raised him. Really entertaining, touching and interesting. It makes you think, what he became was because of his...

Not only for Lennon fans!

By Yayanel
The story was well presented. Viewers do not have to be devoted John Lennon fans to appreciate the movie....

Way under rated; Great movie

By sanvern
I didn't know what to expect, but thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Great acting, and compelling story I never knew about before. It wasn't about the Beatles, it was about one of them, and the roots...

Five Word Review

By Lollykrist
Must See For Beates Fans...

You won't go anywhere while Nowhere Boy is on the screen

By chestnutlane
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Nowhere Boy. We thought it did a good job of describing Lennon's early life and his personal and musical influences. It is essential viewing for the Beatle Fan or...

To understand the man, you first have to know the boy

By ldubdj
Being a fan of The Beatles for all my life, I really appreciated the fact that someone made a movie about the life of John Lennon before he made it famous. I knew a lot of the true story going into...

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Rated R | For language and a scene of sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Compelling, mature portrait of a musician as a young man.
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