The Beach (2000)

The Beach

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Critic Consensus: Critics say The Beach is unfocused and muddled, a shallow adaptation of the novel it is based on. Points go to the gorgeous cinematography, though.


Movie Info

For his first major project after the overwhelming success of Titanic, Leonardo Di Caprio took a risky path in this adaptation of Alex Garland's acclaimed novel, directed by Danny Boyle. Richard (Di Caprio) is an American backpacking through Asia with a handful of friends from Europe. While in Bangkok, he meets a mad Scotsman who calls himself Daffy Duck (Robert Carlyle). Shortly before Mr. Duck kills himself, he gives Richard a crude map to a place in Thailand that he claims is paradise on … More

Rating: R (for violence, some strong sexuality, language and drug content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: John Hodge
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On DVD: Jan 9, 2001
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Beach

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (36)

A narrative that tries to juggle thriller elements, tons of pop culture imagery, and way too much philosophical baggage.

Full Review… | April 6, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ultimately, it seems more bland than bad.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The Beach, designed to provoke audiences, stops for too many Hollywood moments to get the job done.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Leo is surprisingly masculine, charming and effective in this stylish, gorgeous, but clumsily structured Nintendo-generation update of Lord of the Flies.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

The Beach taps into something powerful that can't be overwhelmed by individual moments of silliness.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A mad assemblage of earlier, better bungle-in-the-jungle stories.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Beach

The visuals are jaw-dropping and the idea is promising, but the film is irregular and shoots in every direction without managing to fully explore the possibilities of its premise, remaining a lost opportunity to show how paradise is not really about a place but the people living in it.

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Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Excellent story with breathtaking scenery set in Thailand. Leo's character Richard is an American tourist who embarks on an adventure to find a paradise island. But at what price? My favourite scenes are when Francoise pretends to be eaten by a shark, when they debate how they are to get down from the waterfall and the scene where they are together in the water. Excellent cast and soundtrack. Directed by Danny Boyle.

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Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

The film goes all over the place and in the end barely saves itself. The acting is good but nothing special and Boyle's directing wasn't exactly there. More of an exercise with a big budget, Boyle uses new techniques to grab our attention but ultimately leaves most viewers unsatisfied.

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paul oh

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