Yesterday Reviews

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July 3, 2019
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.
July 3, 2019
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].
July 1, 2019
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.
July 1, 2019
The movie is fun, largely because it proposes that fun is the principal legacy of the Beatles.
June 30, 2019
The structure is a mess. The characters are plastic. And the lines are Seventies sitcom bad.
June 30, 2019
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.
June 28, 2019
Alas, after a promising first hour, Yesterday plunks one wrong note after another (including one particularly sour interlude), and eventually collapses under the weight of impossible expectations.
June 28, 2019
I can't imagine this blandness was intentional. Why set up a great premise only to flatten it out?
June 28, 2019
How did such a crazy premise -- a world in which the Beatles basically have never existed -- turn into such a routine romantic comedy? To paraphrase John Lennon, Mr. Boyle should have known better.
June 28, 2019
at its best [Yesterday] invites the audience, along with the characters on screen, to hear some of the finest songs ever written for the very first time.
June 27, 2019
Weaknesses aside, it's a feel-good experience with more to recommend it than the obligatory nostalgia trip associated with half-century old songs.
June 27, 2019
Yesterday has great fun with a great premise. But the song-based rise-and-fall story line? Sounds like something we've heard before.
June 27, 2019
Yesterday wants to be a feel-good movie, and much of it did make me feel good.
June 27, 2019
"Yesterday" may seem like a cinematic Savoy Truffle: a sugary concoction that tastes sweet but can end only in regret and cavities.
June 27, 2019
Patel's performance does nothing to suggest Jack deserves to be a global superstar, best songs of all time or not. There is a job for gifted writers with tremulous voices; they're called songwriters.
June 27, 2019
It's a fun ride that ends in a fairly predictable place with a Hollywood ending.
June 27, 2019
Amply breezy and amusing, but treats its novel conceit with contempt.
June 27, 2019
Danny Boyle's light breeze of a romcom about a world without the Beatles has its heart firmly in the right place. It's the challenge to take it to the next level that's missing.
June 27, 2019
The Beatles were larger than life, but at least part of their greatness was built on subtlety. That's a language Yesterday doesn't understand...
June 27, 2019
I appreciated the songbook quality of Yesterday, and found something profoundly disquieting in its drugless, sexless version of the Beatles.
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