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Bombay Beach Review

  • Release Date: Oct 14, 2011
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Alma Har'el

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

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  • 50

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    In an inspired twist, Har'el brings surreal levity to the potentially downer subject by interrupting her elegiac regional portraiture with a series of amateur dance numbers. Still, without dramatic momentum, this fringe-appeal snapshot feels less like a film than a coffee-table photo project come to life.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    More lyrical tone poem than straightforward documentary.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    That it documents rural poverty in the American West without exploiting or sanctifying its subjects would be cause enough for praise. But this doesn't begin to approach what Alma Har'el pulls off with her hybrid documentary knockout Bombay Beach.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Looks and feels like a fever dream about an alternate universe. Suffused with a sense of wonder, it hovers, dancing inside its own ethereal bubble.

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