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Beats Reviews

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February 14, 2021
A soulful film that combines poignant, observational drama and colloquial comedy with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 14, 2021
Welsh goes beyond the social realism so prevalent in British film, to capture the immediacy and euphoria of 1990s rave culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 15/20
February 14, 2021
Beats thrums with an unbridled energy that owes less to the massive party it culminates with than to the poignant relationship between the two characters who head into it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 14, 2021
The film does a terrific job of replicating the rave scene adjacent to the cultural kerfuffle of Cool Britannia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 9, 2020
Macdonald and Ortega strike gold in their characters' bond, which is the true heart of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2020
There's an authenticity to the work and the character interactions, but the film doesn't just settle at being a well-written indie.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 15, 2020
In a true manifestation of the film's simple, raw power, it evoked warm sentiment in me for a cultural moment I never experienced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 11, 2020
Of course, everything comes to a head at an unauthorized rave...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 2020
The power of friendship and music forcefully shines through the gritty coming-of-age story Beats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 9, 2020
Scottish indie about '90s rave scene has cursing, drug use.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 3, 2020
Welsh, brings authenticity to the film with a soundtrack filled with 90s rave staples. In many ways, the coming of age drama resembles a Spike Lee joint with shades of Trainspotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2020
It's packed with honest observations about being young and careless, as well as the understanding that life doesn't go the way we want. It's also both energetic and involving.
July 2, 2020
I loved this movie, and I don't even like electronic dance music as a general rule.
June 30, 2020
The movie conjures a breathless sense of heart-skipping hedonism, a first visit to the secret world of older girls and that feeling of the night opening up and stretching out forever with endless possibility.
June 28, 2020
Beats is a pulsing, frenzied exploration of pushing boundaries and running right up to the edge...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 26, 2020
If "Beats" slows down on its way to the rave, it makes up for that and then some when it finally gets there.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 26, 2020
Some of the rhythms are familiar, but the well-acted film's sense of time and place adds an emotional resonance beneath the pulsating soundtrack.
June 26, 2020
Could easily have succumbed to sappy formula, but by adding a touch of Ken Loach to the mix, Welsh has made it distinctive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 26, 2020
Welsh's frequently funny and moving Beats accomplishes a lot in its seemingly simple story of a fragile friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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