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On the Beach Reviews

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Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Fine photography, but the script is a typically numbing affair, and the cast, aside from Peck and Meillon, seem totally out of their depth.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 6, 2008
Gloomy doomsday film that is more talky, melodramatic and numbing than imaginative.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
January 19, 2007
| Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2007
A tiresome, talky 1959 film.

November 7, 2007
A wasted opportunity.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 17, 2012
The scenario - one of the best in Stanley Kramer's filmography - is uniquely human in the annals of post-nuclear cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 9, 2016
Director Kramer's drama is a bleak and heart wrenching tale of the end of the world...
Christopher Null
January 26, 2006
While heartbreaking and touching, it's hard to imagine that riots aren't rampant and that martial law isn't required, but hey, it's a movie, and quite a good -- if overlong -- one, at that.
| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 13, 2004
O cenário apocalíptico continua assustador, mas o tom inadequadamente leve de algumas cenas e a péssima trilha sonora (indicada ao Oscar!) comprometem o resultado final.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
March 31, 2005
As scary a horror film as any you will find.
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Downbeat, depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 16, 2004
A nuclear war what-if starring some heavy hitters.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 4, 2003
Typically overlong Kramer film, but still with some power.
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 30, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
One of the most powerful anti-war films ever made.
| Original Score: 87/100
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The great merit of this picture, aside from its entertaining qualities, is the fact that it carries a passionate conviction that man is worth saving, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
August 7, 2005
Kramer's apocalyptic drama is too verbose, replete with "message" speeches, but the text is intelligent, reflecting the Cold War mentality, and well-acted by Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire (in his first nonmusical role) and Anthony Perkins.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

TV Guide
November 7, 2007
A powerful, well-acted, deftly photographed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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