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100
Here is a bold, beautiful, visually enchanting musical where we walk INTO the theater humming the songs.
88
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
This much is inarguable: In the more than two flamboyant hours of Across the Universe, Julie Taymor doesn't cheat us for a single second.
75
While the songs are recycled, Across the Universe stands out just by existing.
75
Chicago Tribune
If you're a Beatles fan who's not offended by people taking serious liberties with the arrangements of your favorite songs, the unrepentantly exuberant and seriously tuneful Across the Universe is pretty much a sure thing.
75
Miami Herald
Across the Universe can't achieve the transcendence and exhilaration musicals strive for, but it often generates a singular kind of magic you've never experienced before.
63
To call it trippy would be an understatement. Your head might explode. Just don't accuse Taymor of playing it safe.
63
While style trumps substance, something in the way this '60s tribute moves attracts us.
63
A bizarre counterculture jukebox musical.
63
Julie Taymor says the idea for her Across the Universe was "to create an original musical using only the songs of the Beatles." That's like saying you're going to create a new element using only gold.
50
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.
42
Goofy, pompous, annoyingly boomer-myopic Fab Four musical.

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