Beach Rats
Beach Rats (2017)

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 25, 2017
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Michael Nordine

With just two films, Eliza Hittman has established herself as one of the premier chroniclers of wayward youth.

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A.A. Dowd
AV Club

Dickinson is quietly excellent in the lead role, conveying hints of the emotions that Frankie, immersed in his macho go-nowhere social circle, can't bring himself to articulate.

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Michael Koresky
Film Comment Magazine

Hittman, a Flatbush native, is preternaturally skilled at immersing herself in the interior world and exterior details of sexually driven, beautifully confused teenagers in Brooklyn neighborhoods that function with their own enclosed ecosystems.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

"Beach Rats," a boldly irreconcilable drama, shows a character locating ugliness and horror within himself.

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Eric Kohn

A film that has the precision of a great short story and the uneasiness of body horror.

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Sean Burns
Spliced Personality

Hittman's superlatively subjective camera sexualizes everything in its path, damp with a New York summer's cruel humidity and a hazy, exhausted torpor.

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Brian Tallerico

A drama with a strong lead performance and even stronger sense of place.

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Guy Lodge

This is achingly delicate psychological territory, heavily dependent on just the right actor to make flesh its scripted subtleties - and Hittman has found him in Dickinson ...

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Sam C. Mac
Slant Magazine

Beach Rats is most compelling when it puts a self-aware focus on Harris Dickinson's sculpted male figure.

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