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Help! (1965)




Critic Consensus: Help! finds the Fab Four displaying their infectious charm and humor in an enjoyably madcap adventure.

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In their second feature with director Richard Lester, who oversaw the massive hit A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles again aim for a mix of goofy comedy and sterling pop music. There is slightly more of a plot this time, though it is a patently ridiculous one: a sacred ruby ring comes into Ringo's possession, attracting the unwelcome attention of an exotic religious cult and forcing the boys to go on the run. This chase narrative is thankfully never taken too seriously, serving mainly as an excuse for colorful excursions to international locations from Europe to the Bahamas. The musical numbers include such classic tunes as "Ticket to Ride," "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," and, of course, "Help!". ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Help!

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

For casual viewers, the whole thing has a retro charm. For Beatles fans, it's a flawed but essential film.

November 15, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A Hard Day's Night may be more primitive, but it also seems more spontaneous.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The boys themselves are exuberant and uninhibited in their own genial way. They just become awfully redundant and -- dare I say it? -- dull.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A witless orgy of expensive production that strangles the Beatles, so fresh and spontaneous in [A Hard Day's Night], in a laboriously foolish plot line and smothers them under tons of handsomely colored feathers.

August 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Fresher than anything else around. Help! the second Beatle flick, is not so much a movie as a way of life.

July 16, 2019 | Full Review…

In colour, and with plenty of exotic backgrounds, Help! is a joke-thriller, a send-up of thrillers, Bond ones especially, funnier and prettier than the other but not moving and personal as the other was.

July 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Help!

There's a script and lights and cameras and all that film tomfoolery, but that's of the least concern to the boys who openly flaunt their too-cool-for-film rock personas (and, in a way, they're absolutely right). Nonetheless, here at the internet school of film critique we take these matters seriously and so, yes, Lester has the boys riff the Marx Brothers and James Bond's droll wit to no end, but that's not a bad thing. And there's always the music!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Help! You're going to need it if you're a Beatles fan who hasn't seen this movie! I love this movie it's my favourite of the Beatles' movies. It combines great songs and a great comedy plot. I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

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Ohhhhhh...... what is going on? Does anyone know? I love those movies where you just know what everyone is having fun. This is certainly one of them. It doesn't make sense. The plot is terrible. The script is meh, the acting isn't much better. But it's funny! And weird. AND I loved some of the camera work. No, really. Ticket to Ride was really great.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

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