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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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. Cinematographer Darius Khonji does a superb job of conveying both the sensual beauty (there's a spectacular moonlight-on-the-water sex scene with Leo and the lovely Ledoyen), and the darkness of Richard's paradise lost.
  2. 63
    Always a joy to look at -- and even if the story isn't half as profound as the filmmakers think it is.
  3. As a book, The Beach offers the option of diving deep. As a movie, it sticks too close to the shoreline.
  4. 50
    Colorful and exciting, as far as it goes. But Boyle and Hodge pull back on their usual wit and grit.
  5. 40
    It's hobbled by odd plot contrivances and some less-than-stellar acting from DiCaprio.
  6. 40
    Not a terrible movie, just an insubstantial one. All of DiCaprio's charisma and the director's savvy are used to divert us from the fact that there's not much going on.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Murky, pretentious and torturously inert.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Oct 16, 2012
    Excellent 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
    (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
    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 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
    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
    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 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. Collapse
  6. Feb 23, 2013
    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 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
    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't hate anything more. Very stupid movie. I regret spending that much time to watch it Expand

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