The Beach Bum Reviews

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March 30, 2019
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.
March 29, 2019
The Beach Bum shows, once again, at tedious length, that nonconformity has its own tired tropes and its own stifling conformity.
March 29, 2019
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.
March 29, 2019
What a pleasure it is to meet certain characters in the movies, and what a relief not to know them in real life.
March 28, 2019
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.
March 28, 2019
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.
May 18, 2019
The Beach Bum isn't made for everyone and that's okay, a lot of people will struggle with the point of the film which, ironically, I kind of think is the point of the film.
May 18, 2019
Korine likes to provoke, we know that. But by inviting us to look in on a bunch of people we can't stand, having a wild party we're not invited to, he actually alienates his audience.
May 17, 2019
The Beach Bum is a film about a hedonistic and amoral man who is constantly cheered by adoring crowds, and never suffers the slightest consequences for consistently abhorrent behavior. What else could the film be about? (Living Life Fearless)
April 26, 2019
The Beach Bum's narrative unspools languidly, like a cloud of vape smoke. Its hazy, neon-washed, often hilarious vignettes document a mood and a place more than the emotional lives of its characters.
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