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Beach Rats (2017)



Critic Consensus: Empathetic and powerfully acted, Beach Rats takes a clear-eyed yet dreamlike look at a young man's adolescent turmoil.

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On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences. Eliza Hittman's award-winning Sundance hit is a powerful character study that is as visually stunning as it is evocative.

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Critic Reviews for Beach Rats

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (44)

Beach Rats does feel a little half-formed, but it swells with such passion that one longs to follow all involved on their subsequent journeys.

December 1, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's slow, sensual and gorgeously observed.

November 29, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The film's mix of murky, up-close realism and dreamy vagueness is reminiscent of Gus Van Sant's and Larry Clark's detailed, faintly voyeuristic depictions of teen life, as well Matt Porterfield's unvarnished but elegant portraits of urban disaffection.

November 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Powered by a taciturn, soulful performance by its young star, this meditation on fear, shame and sexual repression packs a wallop.

November 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Hittman shares something of Claire Denis's gift for finding vulnerability in a chiselled male body and a kind of bruised poetry in the tough-guy swagger of these teenage kids.

November 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Writer-director Eliza Hittman's Beach Rats is a Brooklyn-set coming of age story made with a gritty lyricism bound to provoke comparisons with the work of French director Claire Denis.

November 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beach Rats

Yet another gay-themed drama about a teen's struggle with self-acceptance that belongs 20 years ago, with a silly, confused plot that doesn't really go anywhere and the kind of outdated and prejudiced view of homosexuality that you find in hundreds of films alike.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Far less complex than it tries to be but Harris Dickinson's performance is stunningly raw.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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Over the past year, I've been questioning a lot about myself, like who I am and why I feel the way I do about certain things. Things like Moonlight. Why do people like it so much? I didn't hate it, but I didn't think much of it. It seems like society demands that you decide to either love Moonlight or not. I don't like being forced into such a binary existence. A lot of my peers tell me that it's a masterpiece, and I sometimes feel forced to go along with them just to fit in. I just want to be me and like the movies I like without all this pressure and sometimes full-on hatred. Anyway, that has absolutely nothing to do with Beach Rats, a film about a young man struggling with his sexual identity unbeknownst to his peers and family. It's pretty and pretty slow. As the trailer suggests, there are definite visual hints of Harmony Korine, especially Spring Breakers, and it shares a common setting with Kids. There's also a bunch of gay sex and man ass if that's your thing. Harris Dickinson in his breakout role does a great job at portraying a vacuous, pill-crushing millennial struggling with his sexuality, but the inescapable truth is that Beach Rats really is trying to be the white version of Moonlight with less visual flair and without the structural innovation or dynamic performances.

K Nife Churchkey
K Nife Churchkey

Super Reviewer

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