Critics Consensus

Well-acted and enlivened by an evocative soundtrack and period detail, Beats draws timeless themes out of its specific story and setting.



Total Count: 27


Audience Score

User Ratings: 13
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A universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth - set to a soundtrack as eclectic and electrifying as the scene it gave birth to, BEATS is a story for our time.


Critic Reviews for Beats

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

  • Funny, as well as emotionally rewarding.

    May 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The script, adapted by Welsh and Kieran Hurley from Hurley's play, is especially good on the preciousness and subjectivity of cultural experience.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Compared with Mia Hansen-Løve's resonant French house drama Eden, or Michael Winterbottom's kaleidoscopic 24 Hour Party People, these beats sound tinny.

    May 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • It's miraculously authentic - the pill-popping centrepiece is the heavenly answer to the LSD hell of Gaspar Noé's 'Climax'.

    May 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Alex Godfrey

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Above all this is a moving examination of two young men whose bond is strengthened through their shared love of music.

    Mar 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [A]n infectiously enjoyable slice of knockabout nostalgia that wears its Trainspotting heritage proudly on its rough-edged tartan sleeve.

    Feb 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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