The Beach
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For his first major project after the overwhelming success of Titanic, Leonardo Di Caprio took a risky path in this adaptation of Alex Garland's acclaimed novel, directed by Danny Boyle. Richard (Di Caprio) is an American backpacking through Asia with a handful of friends from Europe. While in Bangkok, he meets a mad Scotsman who calls himself Daffy Duck (Robert Carlyle). Shortly before Mr. Duck kills himself, he gives Richard a crude map to a place in Thailand that he claims is paradise on earth: beautiful, unspoiled, and uninhabited. For lack of anything better to do, Richard and his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

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"A narrative that tries to juggle thriller elements, tons of pop culture imagery, and way too much philosophical baggage."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Its narrative waters become rather muddy in the late going, and its currents finally don't run very deep."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A mad assemblage of earlier, better bungle-in-the-jungle stories."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"While it thumped along, I had plenty of time to ponder the other and better movies that it reminded me of."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The film equivalent of eating one of those circular rice wafer things that taste like nothing."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Ultimately, it seems more bland than bad."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"All the beauty in the world can't camouflage the movie's gorgeous emptiness."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"By attempting to combine elements of mystery, adventure, action and romance, 'The Beach' becomes too jumbled to follow with much interest."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Three-fifths of a great movie sunk by a crucial tonal misstep. A cross between Lord of the Flies, Swiss Family Robinson and Apocalypse Now."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"In pitching for the mass market, Boyle's film has allowed itself to be rebranded as a Hollywood star vehicle, a cynical assemblage that is never more than the sum of its market-researched parts."
‑ Xan Brooks, Sight and Sound
"The Beach, designed to provoke audiences, stops for too many Hollywood moments to get the job done."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A seriously confused film that makes three or four passes at being a better one and doesn't complete any of them."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"A brilliant example of changing the material to suit the medium without losing the message."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
"...Riddled with bizarre contrivances and unlikely scenarios."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Boyle takes a seriously wrong turn in the closing third of the film."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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