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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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The film does a terrific job of replicating the rave scene adjacent to the cultural kerfuffle of Cool Britannia.

February 14, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The script may be a bleaker take on a tale we've seen so many times before, but their trembling steps toward adulthood hit the right rhythm.

June 26, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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…

I was a little shocked by just how much Beats ended up affecting me.

June 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

June 25, 2020 | Full Review…

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