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The Beach Reviews

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
March 28, 2005
A brilliant example of changing the material to suit the medium without losing the message.
Ben De Haan
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
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.
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
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Leo is surprisingly masculine, charming and effective in this stylish, gorgeous, but clumsily structured Nintendo-generation update of Lord of the Flies.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The Beach taps into something powerful that can't be overwhelmed by individual moments of silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Despite a flat finale and some laughable hypothesizing about pursuits of liberty, the movie has its own addictive elements: well-used electronica, Darius Khondji's photography and the nonstop charisma of its star.
Top Critic
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
DiCaprio especially is to be congratulated. He proves once again he's more than just another pretty face.
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
The Beach never really strays from the commercial track while exploring its inhabitants' hopes and fears, but considering that we in the audience can take it in without getting sand on overheated feet makes the experience a worthy one.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Tony Toscano
January 1, 2000
Worth spending a little time on.
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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 1, 2000
Well paced, acted and filmed, always interesting, with only a few sticky moments and rough end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
The scenery never loses Club Med magic, and DiCaprio remains a star even when almost eclipsed by bad dialogue.
Top Critic
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The film does not aspire to sociology. It just wants to tell a story. And that it does well.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Boyle manages to heighten the impact of The Beach with visceral imagery, high-energy cutting and sharp-edged social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Erik Childress
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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