The Beach Bum

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The role of a lifetime for Matthew McConaughey, The Beach Bum is set apart by Harmony Korine's distinctive style, but that isn't always enough to offset the unfocused story.



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THE BEACH BUM follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules. Co-starring Snoop Dog, Zac Efron, and Isla Fisher, THE BEACH BUM is a refreshingly original and subversive new comedy from director Harmony Korine (Kids, Spring Breakers).

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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (25)

  • Matthew McConaughey gives his most Matthew McConaughey-ian performance to date as a washed-up stoner poet who keeps falling upward in Harmony Korine's deliriously fun comic goof-off The Beach Bum.

    Mar 30, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • The Beach Bum shows, once again, at tedious length, that nonconformity has its own tired tropes and its own stifling conformity.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Beach Bum would be more entertaining if it weren't the same scene over and over, with escalation in lieu of evolution. But that's Korine's strategy, for better or worse, possibly both.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What a pleasure it is to meet certain characters in the movies, and what a relief not to know them in real life.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Korine leaves his protagonist to his own devices, and in turn this leaves The Beach Bum feeling like a eulogy for its own endless bacchanal.

    Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dave White

    Top Critic
  • An American Dream presented as perverted, and decaying, yet splashed in neon and soaked in sunshine, The Beach Bum's brilliant embrace of body, pleasure and art feels like Paradise.

    Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

    Kyle Turner

    Top Critic

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