The Beach Reviews

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April 6, 2010
A narrative that tries to juggle thriller elements, tons of pop culture imagery, and way too much philosophical baggage.
March 31, 2008
The Beach is nothing to write home about, though the landscapes are ravishing. The movie itself is neither fish nor fowl.
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.
March 22, 2002
Ultimately, it seems more bland than bad.
May 11, 2001
The Beach, designed to provoke audiences, stops for too many Hollywood moments to get the job done.
January 1, 2000
A dark, muddled, ambitious but derivative piece.
January 1, 2000
It's Beach Blanket Bingo revisited, but with a Eurocast and more exotic locations.
January 1, 2000
A movie that tries to take us from heaven to hell but winds up leaving us in limbo: exasperated and dumfounded.
January 1, 2000
You can throw this adaptation of Alex Garland's novel back into the sea.
January 1, 2000
The movie is an experience, of a sort they had a name for in the '60s: bummer.
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.
January 1, 2000
The Beach is beautiful, everyone has a lovely tan. But it's nothing to write home about.
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.
January 1, 2000
It's hobbled by odd plot contrivances and some less-than-stellar acting from DiCaprio.
January 1, 2000
The last 40 minutes aren't merely dissatisfying -- they're virtually unbearable.
January 1, 2000
The Beach taps into something powerful that can't be overwhelmed by individual moments of silliness.
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.
January 1, 2000
Lacks imagination and energy.
January 1, 2000
Tedious and unsatisfying.
January 1, 2000
Structured for an audience more familiar with MTV's Road Rules than with Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
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