Beach Rats Reviews

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April 3, 2020
...an intimate portrait of the cost that is paid when a teenager feels societal pressure to remain closeted.
April 1, 2020
Hittman is keenly aware of the complexities and [doesn't assume her lead's] future. Beach Rats proves less about overcoming fear as it is officially confronting it.
October 7, 2019
[Eliza] Hittman has created a poignant film about the yearning frustrations of identity that is well worth a watch.
July 16, 2019
...Eliza Hittman uses skin-deep imagery to explore the inner life of her haunted protagonist. Taking the coming of age film's threadbare trappings, she probes deeper, fixing her penetrative lens upon the tragic masquerade of performative masculinity.
June 4, 2019
Quite possibly the most authentically queer film of the year.
May 22, 2019
Beach Rats offers a searing glimpse of a life lived in desolation. Rarely fun to watch, but compelling.
February 19, 2019
More in-depth characters could have made this Sundance indie less predictable.
January 19, 2019
Quiet & contemplative.
December 27, 2018
The film is hard to shake and hypnotizing to watch, like a neon dream you never want to leave. It is also, in many ways a nightmare.
November 2, 2018
Beach Rats feels as substantive as a grainy mirror selfie on a hook up app. There's beauty shrouded by a whole lot of nonsense.
October 31, 2018
Beach Rats isn't a failure but it never fully lives up to the promise of its presence, as it's apprehensive to fully dive into the nature of toxic masculinity that may cause someone to hide their true selves out of fear of judgment by their friends.
October 8, 2018
Beach Rats is a new take on a classic coming out story - and it feels thrillingly contemporary. This is undoubtably one of 2017's best LGBT films.
October 5, 2018
It's unbearably sad. One wishes these stories were a thing of the past. That there was some hope for these guys, that they could live their truth without the fear of being ostracized and abandoned.
August 28, 2018
Dickinson is breathtaking.
August 27, 2018
This is territory far more ambitious than American independent narrative has covered recently, and it marks [Writer-director Eliza] Hittman as a major new voice in our national cinema.
August 27, 2018
As an exploration of toxic masculinity, a rarely seen side of New York, a teen's uncertainty, Beach Rats works beautifully, up to a point - but you can't take it out of the cultural context in which it appears.
August 21, 2018
Director Eliza Hittman's sublime character study refuses to deal in absolutes or conventional wisdom, opting instead to track her character's every move with a non-judgmental hypnotic gaze.
July 2, 2018
The director never judges her protagonist, even if Frankie seems unshakable in the face of his father's illness. [Full review in Spanish]
January 16, 2018
This accumulation of contradictions is perfectly embodied by [actor Harris] Dickinson... [Full review in Spanish]
December 22, 2017
This is a disturbing drama about a young man in search of his own identity at great risk to himself and others, an alarming portrait of a lost soul, rudderless and self-destructive, seeking drugs and dangerous sexual liaisons.
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