(I) (2000)

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Metascore

Based on 34 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
67
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
It doesn't really come off, but it's an admirably ambitious, and mostly very engaging, coming-of-age adventure that apes the spirit of Joseph Conrad.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Whether he's smacking into an iceberg or flopping topless onto a sandy beach, DiCaprio is still maddeningly lightweight.
58
As a book, The Beach offers the option of diving deep. As a movie, it sticks too close to the shoreline.
50
Chicago Tribune
Tries to take us from heaven to hell but winds up leaving us in limbo: exasperated and dumfounded.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
A seriously confused film that makes three or four passes at being a better one and doesn't complete any of them.
50
Rolling Stone
Colorful and exciting, as far as it goes. But Boyle and Hodge pull back on their usual wit and grit.
40
Chicago Reader
A narrative that tries to juggle thriller elements, tons of pop culture imagery, and way too much philosophical baggage.
40
Salon.com
Boyle's Beach lacks imagination and energy, two things that might have distracted us, at least occasionally, from the material's tepidness.
34
Mr. Showbiz
The movie is an experience, of a sort they had a name for in the '60s: bummer.
25
USA Today
Murky, pretentious and torturously inert.

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