The Beach Reviews
April 6, 2010
A narrative that tries to juggle thriller elements, tons of pop culture imagery, and way too much philosophical baggage.
July 23, 2007
A mad assemblage of earlier, better bungle-in-the-jungle stories.
December 6, 2005
April 24, 2005
By attempting to combine elements of mystery, adventure, action and romance, 'The Beach' becomes too jumbled to follow with much interest.
June 23, 2003
While it thumped along, I had plenty of time to ponder the other and better movies that it reminded me of.
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.
February 8, 2003
...Riddled with bizarre contrivances and unlikely scenarios.
December 8, 2002
The film equivalent of eating one of those circular rice wafer things that taste like nothing.
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.
October 15, 2002
Boyle takes a seriously wrong turn in the closing third of the film.
June 5, 2002
As it stands, the film is competent enough to be bearable, but not enough to hammer home any points of interest.
May 11, 2001
The Beach, designed to provoke audiences, stops for too many Hollywood moments to get the job done.
February 27, 2001
a deeply flawed adventure film with heavy themes about the fragile nature of paradise