Yesterday reviews: A 'toe-tapping pleasure' to some – full of 'lazy writing' for others

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Danny Boyle’s Beatles movie is heading to cinemas on June 28, 2019. The film imagines a world that has forgotten The Beatles; except for one man: Jack Malik. When Malik takes credit for and performs their music, he becomes an overnight sensation.

What do critics say about Yesterday?

The Danny Boyle film currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 66 percent.

Its critics’ consensus reads: “Yesterday may fall short of fab, but the end result is still a sweetly charming fantasy with an intriguing — albeit somewhat under-explored — premise.”

An audience score on Rotten Tomatoes will be available on June 28, 2019, when the film is released.

On Metacritic Yesterday only has a score of 54, indicating mixed or average reviews.

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Johnny Oleksinski for the New York Post

How soul-satisfying it is for a movie to so strongly believe that if “Help!” was written tomorrow, it would be as popular as “Havana.”

Justin Chang for the Los Angeles Times

Yesterday leans so heavily on our affection for the Beatles’ music that it never allows that music to live, breathe and seduce us anew.

A.O. Scott for the New York Times

It’s appealing and accessible in a way that the Beatles never really were. If it took itself – and them – a bit more seriously, it would be a lot more fun. But it wasn’t made to last.

Hoai-Tran Bui for Slashfilm

This is a movie as a pop song. Sweet and sentimental, Yesterday gestures toward some greater meaning, only to fall back on lazily written tropes that fail to make anything of its clever concept.

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Nigel Andrews for the Financial Times

Story-wise, Yesterday goes scarcely anywhere that the cinemagoer can’t or won’t predict.

The patina of sci-fi is a frosting on the cake of nostalgia. But the cake is nicely enough baked.

Jake Cole for Slant Magazine

The film curiously avoids exploring the complexities of introducing the Beatles’ music into a radically different milieu.

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Caryn James for the BBC.com

Danny Boyle’s apparently simple style actually relies on a complicated balance of sweetness, naturalness, and big, bright settings.

David Edelstein for New York Magazine/Vulture

It’s a good, dumb premise. Only the first half works, though.

Jesse Hassenger for the AV Club

Jack never attempts to impose his own personality on his endless and pleasant covers. Neither does Boyle.

Helen O’Hara for Empire Magazine

A glowing tribute to The Beatles and their music, this is both a toe-tapping pleasure to watch and a smart, occasionally scathing look at how we get things wrong.

Robert Kojder for Flickering Myth

The wacky premise never emerges as anything other than a vessel for endless massive Beatles idolization, which is going to continue for the band whether this movie exists or not.

Everyone else can put Yesterday off until tomorrow and beyond.

Rachel Leishman for The Mary Sue

If you like the Beatles, you’ll like Yesterday’s end credits where you get to hear the actual Hey Jude

But I wish I had come away with more from Yesterday and characters that I could have believed in.

Yesterday is out in cinemas on June 28, 2019.

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