'30 Beats' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   22 reviews
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    This wisp of a movie, inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde," offers only hints of the complicated personalities behind the characters' sleek, well-toned surfaces.
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  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    It is absolutely terrible.
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  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    "30 Beats" goes on to a meandering orgasm of multiple, less-than-dangerous liaisons meant to titillate, fascinate and illuminate. But once the sweat dries, it irritates.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    20
    It means to be an interconnected story, in which one coupling leads to another in increasingly ridiculous fashion, until you're not only no longer interested, you're grinding your teeth, hoping it will end.
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  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    25
    Under the circumstances, even first-rate New York stage actors like Thomas Sadoski and Justin Kirk seem uncertain and tentative.
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  • Ronnie Scheib Variety (Top Critic)
    The jazz-scored pic relies heavily on quirkiness to round out shaky characterizations and inject interest into otherwise forgettable pairings.
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  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    In "30 Beats," the conversational foreplay is hopelessly flaccid.
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  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    This umpteenth variation on Schnitzler's classic play La Ronde fails to arouse.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Despite the presence of such actors as Lee Pace, Jennifer Tilly, Justin Kirk, Thomas Sadoski and Paz de la Huerta, there is no character insight allowed by the bumper-car storytelling.
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  • Kelly Vance East Bay Express
    A date movie for narcoleptics.
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  • Dan Kaufman Paste Magazine
    60
    As an experiment, 30 Beats is an uneven, if not entirely uninteresting, failure. In its attempt to be modern and titillating, it actually distances and confounds.
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  • Robert Levin amNewYork
    38
    The characters are props in what's essentially a lame screenwriting exercise.
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  • Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru
    87
    A sexy, smart and sophisticated exploration of sex, love and everything in between.
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  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    50
    A clever storytelling structure can easily be reduced to a mere gimmick when there's no story of worth to tell.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    17
    [VIDEO ESSAY] Marginally enhanced by the presence of a few experienced actors (Jennifer Tilly, Paz De La Huerta, Lee Pace), writer-director Alexis Lloyd's Manhattan-set sexual roundelay is a shoddy feature debut.
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  • Marshall Fine Hollywood & Fine
    The actors barely seem to dip their toes into these scenes, even when they're involved in a menage a trois or an elaborate bondage scheme.
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  • Erica Abeel Film Journal International
    A heat wave draws a group of New Yorkers into a ring of seduction and desire in this shoddy exercise marked by posturing and pretention.
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  • Diego Costa Slant Magazine
    25
    While it lends itself to some interesting insight on the politics of non-exclusive, ****-buddy dynamics, its characters are ultimately too one-dimensional and their dialogue too theatrical to sustain an involving cinematic experience.
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  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    25
    Unfortunately, the filmmaker mistakes inertia for sensuality, keeping the material in a frustrating state of paralysis.
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  • Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    38
    Where the original play "La Ronde" was a social satire about the transmission of venereal disease, "30 Beats" is a sickly stepchild.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle
    That's all that happens: drift from one unrealized, uninteresting character to another.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Singer Time Out New York
    40
    The flaccid execution of this promiscuous-New Yorkers circle jerk is more worthy of the clap than a round of applause.
    Full Review » 2 years ago