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The Beach Bum Reviews

October 28, 2019
It's as if, like the rest of the cast in this riotous non-event, [McConaughey's] having so much fun making the film that he simply doesn't care. Good for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 25, 2019
Korine achieves a Zen state of unfunny with this pointless non-comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 23, 2019
It feels especially singular - as dizzying, baffling and heartfelt as something from one of our last scuzzy enfants-terribles could ever be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 22, 2019
What an absolute trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2019
You'll need a lot of patience - or weed - to stick with Harmony Korine's paper-thin, larky portrait of a literary bum in crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 30, 2019
Matthew McConaughey gives his most Matthew McConaughey-ian performance to date as a washed-up stoner poet who keeps falling upward in Harmony Korine's deliriously fun comic goof-off The Beach Bum.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 29, 2019
The Beach Bum shows, once again, at tedious length, that nonconformity has its own tired tropes and its own stifling conformity.
March 29, 2019
The Beach Bum would be more entertaining if it weren't the same scene over and over, with escalation in lieu of evolution. But that's Korine's strategy, for better or worse, possibly both.
March 29, 2019
What a pleasure it is to meet certain characters in the movies, and what a relief not to know them in real life.
March 28, 2019
Korine leaves his protagonist to his own devices, and in turn this leaves The Beach Bum feeling like a eulogy for its own endless bacchanal.
Top Critic
March 28, 2019
An American Dream presented as perverted, and decaying, yet splashed in neon and soaked in sunshine, The Beach Bum's brilliant embrace of body, pleasure and art feels like Paradise.
March 28, 2019
I'm still trying to puzzle your film out, which is infuriating, given that it's a cinematic middle finger to the concept of problem-solving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 28, 2019
The Beach Bum might have worked as a fish-out-of-water comedy or redemptive story of a loser who finally learns how to win. Neither of these genre staples would appeal to a bÍte noire like Korine, the filmmaking equivalent of a bull in a china shop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 28, 2019
"The Beach Bum" is a riches-to-rags-to-riches story as American as Horatio Alger, Thomas Pynchon, and Hunter S. Thompson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2019
There is a lot of fun to be had living in Moondog's world for 95 minutes, and the film goes down suspiciously easy for something so ugly and amoral.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 28, 2019
There's something haunting, and quietly lacerating, about McConaughey's portrait of a man who has effectively anesthetized himself to pain, who has made the pleasure principle an all-consuming philosophy.
March 28, 2019
"The Beach Bum" is just out for Korine's idea of a good time. By the end, I could've used some shade, a cup of coffee and a round-trip ticket to Buffalo in February.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 28, 2019
The Beach Bum is barely a movie; it's more of a joyous squiggle adorned with a paper cocktail umbrella, a "What did I just see?" dollar-store trinket. But in these dark times, it's just the ticket.
March 28, 2019
It was fun while it lasted. Still, it might be time to start wondering if the McConaissance is finally over.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Top Critic
March 27, 2019
This may be Korine's most accessible and deceptively lighthearted movie. But it only looks like a goof.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 27, 2019
If anyone was going to make the great ripping-bong-hits-while-Rome-burns movie of right now, it would be Korine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 27, 2019
What "The Beach Bum" celebrates as transgression is pure tedium. What it takes for divine lunacy is frat house doggerel.
March 26, 2019
It isn't good and it isn't bad - it is, to borrow a fitting adjective, alright.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2019
The strength of The Beach Bum is in its visuals, the vibe it captures as a mood board/tone poem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 21, 2019
Meet Moondog - a movie character you'll want to punch in the face.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 12, 2019
In The Beach Bum, the writer-director turns his observational eye and provocateur verve to a Miami community of misfits, who chase bliss in sex, drugs and misadventures.
March 10, 2019
The Beach Bum works by never losing its tonal statement that all that really matters is what matters to you ... man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2019
Like Moondog, Korine finds a vulgar poetry in his own self-indulgence.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 10, 2019
I, admittedly, had a hard time getting on its woozy wavelength. But The Beach Bum is a work of undeniable commitment and craft...
March 10, 2019
Such hedonism isn't irredeemable in and of itself, and yet, one wishes Korine were interested in more than just testing boundaries.