Psycho Beach Party Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 14, 2014
Immaculate execution in every detail of one poor conception after another... uninspired, arrogant, and lazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
November 18, 2002
If this wearying exercise in camp, rib-nudging double entendres, rhyming gollyspeak and groovy-daddio! set design wrapped around a wan murder mystery sounds like an Annette Funicello movie gone to hell, it at least succeeds on one level.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 1, 2000
A promising recipe for comedy that goes flat in the execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Awkward combination of garish set decoration and muffled humor.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
It's all enjoyable enough, but it's played so broadly that it loses whatever impact it might have had.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 14, 2003
| Original Score: 0/5
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Ernest Hardy
January 1, 2000
Saddled with both a script and direction that never comes near the wit or cleverness in Busch's own performance.
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
It's too much filmed theater to come alive fully on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Greg Muskewitz
February 14, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Has a great look, but its broad laughs at the expense of '50s and '60s cultural naivete aren't really all that clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Emanuel Levy
June 17, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Just full of hot air.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Sometimes more fun to describe than to watch.
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
November 16, 2007
Cool original camp. This is a fun little movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
It definitively skewers the false innocence of American pop culture on the eve of the countercultural deluge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 15, 2001
PBP made a smooth transition from stage to screen; I suppose since the play was mocking movies, making a movie of it was a more logical use of the script.
| Original Score: 3
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 27, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
The sort of movie that even today's superstars might love to slum around in.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 17, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Gemma Files
January 1, 2000
Erika Milvy
July 12, 2002

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 17, 2002
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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