Bombay Beach Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 13, 2012
"Bombay Beach" is an oasis of creativity in the documentary landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 31, 2012
Har'el's film is at times bizarrely uplifting, at others crushingly sad...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
November 2, 2011
That it documents rural poverty in the American West without exploiting or sanctifying its subjects would be cause enough for praise. But this doesn't begin to approach what Alma Har'el pulls off with her hybrid doc knockout Bombay Beach.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2011
More lyrical tone poem than straightforward documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 13, 2011
You either like this kind of ambitious, brave, borderless experiment or you don't, and I think it's absolutely magical and tragic.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 13, 2011
While stand-alone scenes leave strong impressions, the recurring strands simply aren't compelling
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
October 13, 2011
A beautifully stylized film.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 13, 2011
The movie constantly upends all the usual nonfiction tropes, from its sweepingly elliptical imagery (there are barely any talking heads) to several lovingly improvised musical numbers set to tunes by Beirut and Bob Dylan.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 13, 2011
Looks and feels like a fever dream about an alternate universe. Suffused with a sense of wonder, it hovers, dancing inside its own ethereal bubble.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 13, 2011
This aestheticizing of troubled lives proves problematic over the long haul.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Fear
Time Out
October 11, 2011
The film neither buries nor praises its subjects. It's too busy using them as props.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
October 11, 2011
A gorgeously shot, humane work that casts a Malickian (or at least David Gordon Greenian) meditative spell.