|20th Century Fox Home Entertainment | Release Date: February 11, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Tries to take us from heaven to hell but winds up leaving us in limbo: exasperated and dumfounded.
Colorful and exciting, as far as it goes. But Boyle and Hodge pull back on their usual wit and grit.
It's not that The Beach is a stinker, exactly. It's that nothing in it -- and that includes the gifted DiCaprio -- ever feels other than perfunctory.
Terrific looking in the extreme, The Beach is the movie equivalent of vacation reading: no more demanding -- and no less satisfying -- than a sandy paperback left on a damp towel.
The titular beach really is stunning. But the second hour is an incomprehensible mess that's too dark for Leo's Teen People fanbase and too convenient for the arthouse crowd.
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