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Yesterday

critic Reviews

63%
  • Yesterday may fall short of fab, but the end result is still a sweetly charming fantasy with an intriguing -- albeit somewhat under-explored -- premise.
  • Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    Yesterday is ultimately a romantic comedy, but a conceptually complex one, built on a peculiarly reactionary framework of private life and a culturally conservative pop classicism.
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  • M. FaustThe Public (Buffalo)
    What would the world be like today if The Beatles had never existed? Spend a few moments musing on that. If you do, I guarantee that you'll come up with something more interesting than anything in [Yesterday].
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  • Matthew NormanLondon Evening Standard
    Fuelled by the engaging chemistry of its leads and the unflagging wonderment of the music, it zips along. But it can never quite reach escape velocity from the weight of its silliness.
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  • Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    The movie is fun, largely because it proposes that fun is the principal legacy of the Beatles.
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  • Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    The structure is a mess. The characters are plastic. And the lines are Seventies sitcom bad.
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  • Adam GrahamDetroit News
    Give "Yesterday" credit for taking a sideways approach to honoring the Beatles. But this Boomer fantasy only pretends to dive into a true appreciation of what made the group a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon.
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  • David NusairReel Film Reviews
    ...an irresistible premise that's employed to mostly entertaining yet somewhat underwhelming effect...
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  • Sarah MarrsLainey Gossip
    I am so incredibly frustrated by this movie. WHAT A PREMISE! And just NOTHING on the delivery.
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  • Marie AsnerPhantom Tollbooth
    Himesh Patel does fine in the role of Jack, who literally falls into this predicament...and can sing, also.
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  • Megan BashamWORLD
    It may be a little early to trot out the old "feel-good movie of the year" designation, but it's going to be tough to beat director Danny Boyle's Yesterday.
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