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Beats (2020)



Critic Consensus: Well-acted and enlivened by an evocative soundtrack and period detail, Beats draws timeless themes out of its specific story and setting.

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A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, BEATS follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together.


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If "Beats" slows down on its way to the rave, it makes up for that and then some when it finally gets there.

June 26, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Welsh's frequently funny and moving Beats accomplishes a lot in its seemingly simple story of a fragile friendship.

June 26, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This tender, detail-filled movie lives for the moment.

June 25, 2020 | Full Review…

The movie is predictable at times, but also winning, with a thumping soundtrack and smartly written characters.

June 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Welsh has delivered a compelling snapshot of an era and captured a moment in life when friendship is at its most sustaining.

February 19, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Funny, as well as emotionally rewarding.

May 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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