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Bombay Beach Reviews

April 13, 2012
"Bombay Beach" is an oasis of creativity in the documentary landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 31, 2012
Har'el's film is at times bizarrely uplifting, at others crushingly sad...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 2, 2011
That it documents rural poverty in the American West without exploiting or sanctifying its subjects would be cause enough for praise. But this doesn't begin to approach what Alma Har'el pulls off with her hybrid doc knockout Bombay Beach.
October 21, 2011
More lyrical tone poem than straightforward documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2011
You either like this kind of ambitious, brave, borderless experiment or you don't, and I think it's absolutely magical and tragic.
October 13, 2011
While stand-alone scenes leave strong impressions, the recurring strands simply aren't compelling
October 13, 2011
Har'el's work contains an otherworldly dimension not unlike [Terry] Gilliam's oeuvre -- both dreamlike and intimately familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 13, 2011
A beautifully stylized film.
October 13, 2011
The movie constantly upends all the usual nonfiction tropes, from its sweepingly elliptical imagery (there are barely any talking heads) to several lovingly improvised musical numbers set to tunes by Beirut and Bob Dylan.
October 13, 2011
Looks and feels like a fever dream about an alternate universe. Suffused with a sense of wonder, it hovers, dancing inside its own ethereal bubble.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 13, 2011
This aestheticizing of troubled lives proves problematic over the long haul.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 11, 2011
The film neither buries nor praises its subjects. It's too busy using them as props.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 11, 2011
A gorgeously shot, humane work that casts a Malickian (or at least David Gordon Greenian) meditative spell.