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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here is a bold, beautiful, visually enchanting musical where we walk INTO the theater humming the songs.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Goofy, pompous, annoyingly boomer-myopic Fab Four musical.

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  • 50

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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 the musical genre.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    While style trumps substance, something in the way this '60s tribute moves attracts us.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Beatles musical hits strong notes amid sex, drugs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although there's much to like about this Beatles-inspired musical -- it's visionary, it introduces young audiences to iconic songs, and it addresses important social issues -- some of the content is iffy for teens. Characters drink and take drugs without any negative consequences, and there are a few nude scenes (though they're artfully staged and echo the deep love between main characters Lucy and Jude). Still, teens are likely to relate to the film's powerful messages about the importance of friendships and the need to question authority when lives are at stake.

  • Families can talk about how the Beatles' music defined a generation. Are the songs as relevant today as when they first became famous? What about their music makes it so universal? Families can also discuss the counter-culture movement of the 1960s and '70s. Are young people as involved with politics today as they were then? Or does that kind of passion only happen in movies anymore? Do you think that era tends to get idealized today? Why or why not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Characters plot ways to dodge the draft, sneak into the country illegally, and question the government (though all for reasons they deem noble -- i.e. to stop the Vietnam War). There's kindness between Lucy and Jude, even when they're at odds, and Jude and Max form a very strong and loyal friendship.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Soldiers shoot at others during the Vietnam War; cops shoot at looters and beat protesters (one main character is bloodied); anti-war extremists build bombs; a quarrel between two men turns physical.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Artistic scenes show two lovers floating in water, naked and kissing; they're also shown in bed (under the covers), waking up together, and locked in passionate embraces a handful of times (deep French kissing). Two scenes show bare breasts, and men's backsides are visible as well. Passing references to promiscuity.

  • language false3

    Language: Runs the gamut from "bastard" to "s--t" and "f--k."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: The film is inspired by Beatles music. Some labels of alcoholic beverages get screen time.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke pot and use psychedelic drugs. They also drink quite a bit, from beer to hard liquor.