Psycho Beach Party (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Psycho Beach Party (2000)



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Shaking bikinis, muscled surfers, a wanna-be surf babe with a split personality, a mom with an agenda, and a few severed body parts are just some of the problems facing Captain Monica Stark when she is called to investigate a recent rash of gory Malibu murders.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Busch, Charles Busch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2001
Strand Releasing


Lauren Ambrose
as Florence 'Chicklet' ...
Kimberley Davies
as Bettina Barnes/Diane
Charles Busch
as Captain Monica Stark
Andrew Levitas
as Provoloney
Amy Adams
as Marvel Ann
Beth Broderick
as Mrs. Forrest
Channon Roe
as Wedge Riley
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Critic Reviews for Psycho Beach Party

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (8)

It's too much filmed theater to come alive fully on the screen.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Sometimes more fun to describe than to watch.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Awkward combination of garish set decoration and muffled humor.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

Saddled with both a script and direction that never comes near the wit or cleverness in Busch's own performance.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Immaculate execution in every detail of one poor conception after another... uninspired, arrogant, and lazy.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Cool original camp. This is a fun little movie.

November 16, 2007

Audience Reviews for Psycho Beach Party


The only reason I watched this is because it is Amy Adams' second film. I didn't expect much, but it was more enjoyable than I thought. This film is nothing special, but it has a level of sillyness and appeal that will keep you entertained. The acting is not great, but the humor and crude remarks are enough to keep the interest. Not a film I'd recommend to everyone, but if you love Amy Adams as I do, it's worth a watch. She has a small role, but she's so great and funny.

Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer


"There is so much ugliness in the world. Can't there be anyone who is utterly perfect?"

What an odd combination of a slasher, dance numbers, surfing, cross-dressing, split-personalities, a murder mystery, and campy humor.

I only chose to see Psycho Beach Party because of the presence of a young Amy Adams, who I will watch absolutely any movie for. Without her, I wouldn't have had much of a reason to finish this. I love campy, cult movies, but Psycho Beach Party didn't particularly amuse me. It wasn't bad, but this movie is really only worth seeing if you're a fan of the cast (which includes Lauren Ambrose, Thomas Gibson, and Kathleen Robertson), and for the cheesy, awesome ending. Watch the trailer, it should give you an excellent idea of whether this is for you.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

An amusing little homage to 50's/60's beach party/surfing & horror b-movies.

Lauren Ambrose is great (as usual) and the rest of the cast seems to be having a lot of fun with all of the silliness and sexual undertones.

Nothing ground breaking, but it was enjoyable.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

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