Beats Reviews

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July 3, 2020
Welsh, brings authenticity to the film with a soundtrack filled with 90s rave staples. In many ways, the coming of age drama resembles a Spike Lee joint with shades of Trainspotting.
July 2, 2020
It's packed with honest observations about being young and careless, as well as the understanding that life doesn't go the way we want. It's also both energetic and involving.
July 2, 2020
I loved this movie, and I don't even like electronic dance music as a general rule.
June 30, 2020
The movie conjures a breathless sense of heart-skipping hedonism, a first visit to the secret world of older girls and that feeling of the night opening up and stretching out forever with endless possibility.
June 28, 2020
Beats is a pulsing, frenzied exploration of pushing boundaries and running right up to the edge...
June 26, 2020
The script may be a bleaker take on a tale we've seen so many times before, but their trembling steps toward adulthood hit the right rhythm.
June 26, 2020
If "Beats" slows down on its way to the rave, it makes up for that and then some when it finally gets there.
June 26, 2020
Some of the rhythms are familiar, but the well-acted film's sense of time and place adds an emotional resonance beneath the pulsating soundtrack.
June 26, 2020
Could easily have succumbed to sappy formula, but by adding a touch of Ken Loach to the mix, Welsh has made it distinctive.
June 26, 2020
Welsh's frequently funny and moving Beats accomplishes a lot in its seemingly simple story of a fragile friendship.
June 26, 2020
I was a little shocked by just how much Beats ended up affecting me.
June 26, 2020
Shot in gorgeous black and white-invoking the British tradition of kitchen sink realism-Beats centers on Johnno and Spanner, two friends so close you wonder if there isn't more to their affection than meets the eye.
June 26, 2020
[I]t's driven by youthful energy and the gradual realization that the party is almost finished.
June 25, 2020
This tender, detail-filled movie lives for the moment.
June 24, 2020
Brian Welsh's timely film celebrates civil disobedience through a coming-of-age lens at a time when authoritarianism is on the rise and the youngest generation is at the forefront of the human rights battle
June 24, 2020
The movie is predictable at times, but also winning, with a thumping soundtrack and smartly written characters.
February 19, 2020
Welsh has delivered a compelling snapshot of an era and captured a moment in life when friendship is at its most sustaining.
February 6, 2020
Beats doesn't have anything more to say than previous films about dance culture, but with a visual style of its own and excellent music choices, it's a fitting tribute to an era etched in the memory of anyone old enough to have attended.
February 5, 2020
As Johnno and Spanner, Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald are engaging, charismatic and basically perfectly cast.
December 28, 2019
Enjoyable as nostalgia.
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