30 Beats Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 2, 2012
A date movie for narcoleptics.
Dan Kaufman
Paste Magazine
July 26, 2012
As an experiment, 30 Beats is an uneven, if not entirely uninteresting, failure. In its attempt to be modern and titillating, it actually distances and confounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.9/10
Robert Levin
amNewYork
July 23, 2012
The characters are props in what's essentially a lame screenwriting exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 22, 2012
A sexy, smart and sophisticated exploration of sex, love and everything in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.621/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
July 21, 2012
A clever storytelling structure can easily be reduced to a mere gimmick when there's no story of worth to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 20, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Marginally enhanced by the presence of a few experienced actors (Jennifer Tilly, Paz De La Huerta, Lee Pace), writer-director Alexis Lloyd's Manhattan-set sexual roundelay is a shoddy feature debut.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 20, 2012
This umpteenth variation on Schnitzler's classic play La Ronde fails to arouse.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
July 20, 2012
The actors barely seem to dip their toes into these scenes, even when they're involved in a ménage a trois or an elaborate bondage scheme.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
July 19, 2012
In "30 Beats," the conversational foreplay is hopelessly flaccid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2012
Despite the presence of such actors as Lee Pace, Jennifer Tilly, Justin Kirk, Thomas Sadoski and Paz de la Huerta, there is no character insight allowed by the bumper-car storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
July 19, 2012
That's all that happens: drift from one unrealized, uninteresting character to another.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 19, 2012
"30 Beats" goes on to a meandering orgasm of multiple, less-than-dangerous liaisons meant to titillate, fascinate and illuminate. But once the sweat dries, it irritates.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 19, 2012
This wisp of a movie, inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde," offers only hints of the complicated personalities behind the characters' sleek, well-toned surfaces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 19, 2012
It means to be an interconnected story, in which one coupling leads to another in increasingly ridiculous fashion, until you're not only no longer interested, you're grinding your teeth, hoping it will end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 19, 2012
Where the original play "La Ronde" was a social satire about the transmission of venereal disease, "30 Beats" is a sickly stepchild.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
July 19, 2012
While it lends itself to some interesting insight on the politics of non-exclusive, ****-buddy dynamics, its characters are ultimately too one-dimensional and their dialogue too theatrical to sustain an involving cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
July 19, 2012
Unfortunately, the filmmaker mistakes inertia for sensuality, keeping the material in a frustrating state of paralysis.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
July 19, 2012
The jazz-scored pic relies heavily on quirkiness to round out shaky characterizations and inject interest into otherwise forgettable pairings.
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
July 19, 2012
A heat wave draws a group of New Yorkers into a ring of seduction and desire in this shoddy exercise marked by posturing and pretention.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 18, 2012
Under the circumstances, even first-rate New York stage actors like Thomas Sadoski and Justin Kirk seem uncertain and tentative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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