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The Beach Reviews

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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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Ultimately, it seems more bland than bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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January 1, 2000
The Beach is beautiful, everyone has a lovely tan. But it's nothing to write home about.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
The Beach needed a director, because it's a little tough to tell what Danny Boyle was doing all those months in Thailand.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
It has a mythical pull to which anyone who's ever felt trapped inside an office cubicle, yearning for escape, will relate. The surprise is that the movie makes that cubicle seem like a mighty nice place to be.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
It's Beach Blanket Bingo revisited, but with a Eurocast and more exotic locations.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Plays like a combination of The Blue Lagoon and a video game.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Lacks imagination and energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The Beach wears its self-importance on its sleeve, but never truly earns it.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
While watching The Beach, you'll feel every wave of water, every breeze of air, every ray of sunshine. But not much else.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 1, 2000
The real downfall of the movie is that there's only so much meaningful interplay you can get out of a beachful of slackers and some tanning oil.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A movie that tries to take us from heaven to hell but winds up leaving us in limbo: exasperated and dumfounded.
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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 1, 2000
The Beach is the kind of literary rubbish that makes you trace the patterns in the carpet while you're supposed to be watching the screen.
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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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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
All the beauty in the world can't camouflage the movie's gorgeous emptiness.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
It's hard to believe a studio would green-light a film so emotionally lukewarm and even downright hokey as this if not for Leo's presence.
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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
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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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
A dark, muddled, ambitious but derivative piece.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The last 40 minutes aren't merely dissatisfying -- they're virtually unbearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Its narrative waters become rather muddy in the late going, and its currents finally don't run very deep.
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Richard T. Jameson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
The movie is an experience, of a sort they had a name for in the '60s: bummer.
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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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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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
You can throw this adaptation of Alex Garland's novel back into the sea.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The movie feels like a mixed-up collection of high points from a book.
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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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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Murky, pretentious and torturously inert.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Tedious and unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5