The LA Times collated some of The Beatles' best worst reviews from the year Beatlemania reached the United States:
"Today, the Beatles hold an exalted place in the history of rock 'n' roll. But 50 years ago, when they first crossed the Atlantic to perform in the United States, the reaction was decidedly mixed."
We've extracted a few of our favourite (and most-damning) lines, here, but you can read the reviews in full via the original article.
Los Angeles Times
Not even their mothers would claim that they sing well.
Don't let the Beatles bother you. If you don't think about them, they will go away, and in a few more years they will probably be bald….
They are so unbelievably horribly, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music.
They have a commonplace, rather dull act that hardly seems to merit mentioning.
Visually they are a nightmare (…) Musically they are a near disaster.
Entertainers would have to wrestle with live octopuses in order to entertain a mass American audience. The Beatles don't in fact do this, but how one wishes they did!