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The Beach Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 6, 2010
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

July 23, 2007
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

By attempting to combine elements of mystery, adventure, action and romance, 'The Beach' becomes too jumbled to follow with much interest.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

April 24, 2005
Joe Utichi

A brilliant example of changing the material to suit the medium without losing the message.

March 28, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

While it thumped along, I had plenty of time to ponder the other and better movies that it reminded me of.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

June 23, 2003
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Three-fifths of a great movie sunk by a crucial tonal misstep. A cross between Lord of the Flies, Swiss Family Robinson and Apocalypse Now.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: C

February 17, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

...Riddled with bizarre contrivances and unlikely scenarios.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 3/5

February 8, 2003
Chris Gore
Film Threat

The film equivalent of eating one of those circular rice wafer things that taste like nothing.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 8, 2002
Xan Brooks
Sight and Sound

In pitching for the mass market, Boyle's film has allowed itself to be rebranded as a Hollywood star vehicle, a cynical assemblage that is never more than the sum of its market-researched parts.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

December 2, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Boyle takes a seriously wrong turn in the closing third of the film.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 15, 2002
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

As it stands, the film is competent enough to be bearable, but not enough to hammer home any points of interest.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 5, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Ao aceitar protagonizar esta produção, DiCaprio comprova ser um artista que ambiciona mais do que ser apenas um milionário sem nada de inteligente para mostrar no currículo.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 3/5

May 31, 2002
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It doesn't really come off, but it's an admirably ambitious, and mostly very engaging, coming-of-age adventure that apes the spirit of Joseph Conrad.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B-

April 3, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Ultimately, it seems more bland than bad.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

As many spiritual teachers have warned: if you do not want pain, don't only seek pleasure.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 13, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The Beach, designed to provoke audiences, stops for too many Hollywood moments to get the job done.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

May 11, 2001
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

The glimpses of paradise are so intoxicating that it's easy to ignore the cliches and enjoy the drama anyway.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

April 17, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a deeply flawed adventure film with heavy themes about the fragile nature of paradise

| Original Score: 2/4

February 27, 2001
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Boyle manages to heighten the impact of The Beach with visceral imagery, high-energy cutting and sharp-edged social commentary.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

The Beach looks and sounds fantastic.

January 1, 2000
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