The Beach

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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. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    75
    An edgy, hypnotic entertainment that's like a Club Med production of "Lord of the Flies."
  2. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    63
    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. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    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. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    25
    Murky, pretentious and torturously inert.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  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. Feb 14, 2013
    8
    The beach is a really touching story with dark and harrowing aspects to it, really well acted by Leo dicaprio. It almost seems like a modernThe beach is a really touching story with dark and harrowing aspects to it, really well acted by Leo dicaprio. It almost seems like a modern tale of The Lord of flies but with adults, it asks the question what happens to humanity without order and civilisation? Ignoring the deep philosophical nature to this film, it is truly is a weird and wonderful watch. Expand
  6. 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
  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 Collapse

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