The Beach
The Beach (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 9, 2001
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Critic Score
19%
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User Score
58%



Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Critics say The Beach is unfocused and muddled, a shallow adaptation of the novel it is based on. Points go to the gorgeous cinematography, though.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

A narrative that tries to juggle thriller elements, tons of pop culture imagery, and way too much philosophical baggage.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

Its narrative waters become rather muddy in the late going, and its currents finally don't run very deep.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

A mad assemblage of earlier, better bungle-in-the-jungle stories.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Ultimately, it seems more bland than bad.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

All the beauty in the world can't camouflage the movie's gorgeous emptiness.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

By attempting to combine elements of mystery, adventure, action and romance, 'The Beach' becomes too jumbled to follow with much interest.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The Beach, designed to provoke audiences, stops for too many Hollywood moments to get the job done.

Roger Ebert
At the Movies

A seriously confused film that makes three or four passes at being a better one and doesn't complete any of them.

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Joe Utichi
FilmFocus

A brilliant example of changing the material to suit the medium without losing the message.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Excellent story with breathtaking scenery set in Thailand. Leo's character Richard is an American tourist who embarks on an adventure to find a paradise… More
Alex roy
The Beach started off well enough and it kept my interest until the middle. After that, the film went down hill, and I felt that performances were too wooden… More
paul oh
The film goes all over the place and in the end barely saves itself. The acting is good but nothing special and Boyle's directing wasn't exactly… More
Thomas Johnston
In my opinion, the only real issue I had with this movie was - it was too long! Far too much time is spent on certain elements of the movie that could have… More
Chris Weber
This is the film adaptation of a novel about an American (British in the novel) backpacker named Richard traveling through Thailand to see the world and… More
Jennifer D
Well I think where this film loses it is in the story and direction. And that is a very bad thing. There were elements presented that went nowhere. And it… More

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