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  • Summary: Richard (DiCaprio) is a young American backbacker who arrives in Thailand seeking to connect with something or someone "real." When a crazy neighbor (Carlyle) in his hotel offers him a mysterious map to a legendary beach paradise off the coast, he jumps at the chance and urges a FrenchRichard (DiCaprio) is a young American backbacker who arrives in Thailand seeking to connect with something or someone "real." When a crazy neighbor (Carlyle) in his hotel offers him a mysterious map to a legendary beach paradise off the coast, he jumps at the chance and urges a French couple to join him. The explorers discover a mysterious colony of travelers sworn to protect a secret which may destroy the new found paradise. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. An edgy, hypnotic entertainment that's like a Club Med production of "Lord of the Flies."
  2. Whether he's smacking into an iceberg or flopping topless onto a sandy beach, DiCaprio is still maddeningly lightweight.
  3. As a book, The Beach offers the option of diving deep. As a movie, it sticks too close to the shoreline.
  4. 50
    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.
  5. 40
    A narrative that tries to juggle thriller elements, tons of pop culture imagery, and way too much philosophical baggage.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    The opening reels here promise something big, but the movie settles for a sour, predetermined funk -- "Lord of the Flies" as imagined by a Nintendo junkie.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    25
    Murky, pretentious and torturously inert.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Oct 16, 2012
    10
    Excellent story with breathtaking scenery set in Thailand. Leo's character Richard is an American tourist and he embarks on an adventure toExcellent story with breathtaking scenery set in Thailand. Leo's character Richard is an American tourist and he embarks on an adventure to find a paradise island. But at what price? My favourite scenes are when Francoise pretends to be eaten by a shark, when they debate how they are to get down from the waterfall and the scene where they are together in the water. Excellent cast and soundtrack. Directed by Danny Boyle. Expand
  2. TimR.
    Jan 25, 2007
    10
    (Based on the Alex Garland Novel) The Beach is truly touching and compelling picture with a new-age lord of the flies feel entering the (Based on the Alex Garland Novel) The Beach is truly touching and compelling picture with a new-age lord of the flies feel entering the millennium, terrific music score and intriguing escape into the unknown, fantastic. Expand
  3. Apr 11, 2013
    9
    Not sure why this has always had such negative reviews. I find it a well made film set in beautiful locations. I know there was an uproar whenNot sure why this has always had such negative reviews. I find it a well made film set in beautiful locations. I know there was an uproar when it was filmed because of the affect on the environment in Thailand, but that shouldn't impact on the score the film gets. Expand
  4. May 26, 2013
    8
    Recently re-watched this film and was surprised to see how well it had stood up to the test of time. The photography is drop-dead-gorgeous,Recently re-watched this film and was surprised to see how well it had stood up to the test of time. The photography is drop-dead-gorgeous, the acting professional and convincing, and the film's central story of narcissism and disaffection still relevant. Expand
  5. Mar 13, 2015
    5
    Leonardo DiCaprio rarely does bad films but The Beach is definitely one of the worst choices he's ever made in his career. He's fine in it,Leonardo DiCaprio rarely does bad films but The Beach is definitely one of the worst choices he's ever made in his career. He's fine in it, soundtrack is superb (every time I listen to "Porcelain" I remember this film) but the story is badly developed and characters are boring. Entertaining, yeah, but there are plenty more better films about adventures that are worth seeing. Expand
  6. Feb 23, 2013
    3
    The Beach should have been called The Cute Guy From Titanic Takes His Cloths Off. "Leo" got a very big following after being in the then bestThe Beach should have been called The Cute Guy From Titanic Takes His Cloths Off. "Leo" got a very big following after being in the then best grossing film of all time, Titanic. It was an amazing film and he did a great job, but unfortunately for us horny Americans, there wasn't enough skin. That's where The Beach comes in. This was a rush job plain and simple. The movie has no flow or plot, it's big sell was Leo DiCaprio on The Beach wearing very little. Honestly he should have just done a magazine shoot and saved us the time, because this movie isn't worth the film it is shot on. Unless you want to see lots of Leo with his shirt off, this movie is a definite pass. Expand
  7. Nov 29, 2011
    0
    One of the most terrible films I've ever seen. Very degrading to the country and its culture. Nonsense plot and terrible acting. I couldn'tOne of the most terrible films I've ever seen. Very degrading to the country and its culture. Nonsense plot and terrible acting. I couldn't hate anything more. Very stupid movie. I regret spending that much time to watch it Expand

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