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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Although the filmmakers apparently wanted to focus on the Beatles, the movie's strongest moments are about Freda herself. show more

  • 60
    New York Daily News

    Truth is, only hard-core fans of the Fab Four — granted, that’s a lot of people — will find themselves enthralled by this memo-by-memo account of the woman who spent 10 years handling the Liverpool lads’ mail. Others may be only mildly interested. show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Pure joy for Beatles fans and, one guesses, charming enough to seduce some viewers who wouldn't mind never hearing "She Loves You" ever again. show more

  • 75
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    The sweet-faced Kelly is a lovely and humble storyteller, and her enduring affection for John, Paul, George and “Richie” is palpable. show more

  • 75
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    Much of the charm of this highly charming film is the window it affords on the offstage Beatles and their families. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    The documentary will prove fascinating only to the die-hard fans that Freda Kelly spent years writing to, though in this case that's no small number of people. show more

  • 60
    Michael Atkinson Time Out New York

    White’s revelation-free, nostalgia massage of a film works the archivals with genuine fondness. show more

  • 50
    Keith Phipps The Dissolve

    While Good Ol’ Freda will surely fascinate hardcore Beatles fans, there simply isn’t a feature-length story here. show more

  • 80
    Ernest Hardy Village Voice

    Director Ryan White has crafted a deceptively simple film that should almost immediately win viewers over with its low-key charm. show more

  • 60
    Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times

    White's film is a love letter not just to Kelly and the Beatles, but also to postwar working-class Liverpool. show more

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