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The Beach Reviews

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Top Critic
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
April 6, 2010
A narrative that tries to juggle thriller elements, tons of pop culture imagery, and way too much philosophical baggage.
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
A mad assemblage of earlier, better bungle-in-the-jungle stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 24, 2005
By attempting to combine elements of mystery, adventure, action and romance, 'The Beach' becomes too jumbled to follow with much interest.
Joe Utichi
March 28, 2005
A brilliant example of changing the material to suit the medium without losing the message.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 23, 2003
While it thumped along, I had plenty of time to ponder the other and better movies that it reminded me of.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
February 17, 2003
Three-fifths of a great movie sunk by a crucial tonal misstep. A cross between Lord of the Flies, Swiss Family Robinson and Apocalypse Now.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Riddled with bizarre contrivances and unlikely scenarios.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The film equivalent of eating one of those circular rice wafer things that taste like nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Xan Brooks
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
In pitching for the mass market, Boyle's film has allowed itself to be rebranded as a Hollywood star vehicle, a cynical assemblage that is never more than the sum of its market-researched parts.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Boyle takes a seriously wrong turn in the closing third of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
As it stands, the film is competent enough to be bearable, but not enough to hammer home any points of interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Ao aceitar protagonizar esta produção, DiCaprio comprova ser um artista que ambiciona mais do que ser apenas um milionário sem nada de inteligente para mostrar no currículo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
It doesn't really come off, but it's an admirably ambitious, and mostly very engaging, coming-of-age adventure that apes the spirit of Joseph Conrad.
| Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Ultimately, it seems more bland than bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 13, 2002
As many spiritual teachers have warned: if you do not want pain, don't only seek pleasure.
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
The Beach, designed to provoke audiences, stops for too many Hollywood moments to get the job done.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 17, 2001
The glimpses of paradise are so intoxicating that it's easy to ignore the cliches and enjoy the drama anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: short
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
a deeply flawed adventure film with heavy themes about the fragile nature of paradise
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The Beach is not a terrible movie, just an insubstantial one.
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
A lazy film that thinks it's being profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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