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The Beach Reviews

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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
A seriously confused film that makes three or four passes at being a better one and doesn't complete any of them.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The last 40 minutes aren't merely dissatisfying -- they're virtually unbearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
A big part of the problem with The Beach is that most of its characters are so thinly developed, their behavior feels completely arbitrary.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2001
| Original Score: 4/10
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Todd McCarthy
January 1, 2000
Its narrative waters become rather muddy in the late going, and its currents finally don't run very deep.
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
A mad assemblage of earlier, better bungle-in-the-jungle stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
It will likely appeal to moviegoers more interested in scenery than substance.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
February 11, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bob Bloom
January 1, 2000
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
An utterly common and uninvolving amalgam of paradise photography, detached pop psychology and watered-down danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...a cross between The Blue Lagoon and Lord of the Flies, with a whole lot less going on than meets the eye.
| Original Score: 4/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
It was just too bad that the story didn't have more weight, or should I say some weight.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The Beach is not a terrible movie, just an insubstantial one.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Structured for an audience more familiar with MTV's Road Rules than with Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
DiCaprio has shifted from giving performance -- and often good performance -- to giving persona, and The Beach is nothing if not a vehicle engineered for that shift.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Murky, pretentious and torturously inert.
| Original Score: 1/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
January 1, 2000
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
February 14, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
January 1, 2000
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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David Ansen
March 31, 2008
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Laura Fries
February 23, 2012

Irish Times
January 1, 2000

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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Time Out
January 26, 2006

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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