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467 Ratings

Beach Rats

Directed by Eliza Hittman
United States, 2017
Drama, LGBT+


An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.

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Beach Rats Directed by Eliza Hittman

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Directing Award (Dramatic)

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | 3 nominations including: Best Male Lead

Louvart’s cinematography is so intimate it keeps you flinching, guessing, waiting to exhale. The saturation of color breathes the spaciousness of Brooklyn’s Coney Island, the freshness of air, the Americana with the Ferris wheel and cotton candy.
August 01, 2018
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Ms. Hittman directs in a naturalistic style that makes the movie often feel like a documentary. But it is also spectacularly acted, and the role of Simone is played by Madeline Weinstein of “Alex Strangelove.”
May 18, 2018
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Sublimated grief sharpens an already troublesome sexual appetite in this atmospheric sophomore feature, and only drugged oblivion offers respite from doubt and angst. Though it can be a challenge to sustain sympathy for protagonist Frankie, a Brooklyn teenager whose private crisis over his sexuality causes him to treat his sister, mother, girlfriend and secret male lovers with escalating cruelty, British actor Harris Dickinson brings an extraordinary depth to his portrayal.
November 28, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • virginwolf's rating of the film Beach Rats

    I know this film is so much more but if it was just Harris walking around the beach looking for the T-shirt he lost (and is obviously not wearing it) I'd rate it 5 stars! Love the summer feel and how it looks on analog film, the raw masculinity and the ruin of it, and last the ending that just suggest that it all keeps going on, the same, without a big splash.

  • oldeuboi's rating of the film Beach Rats

    The usual suspect: toxic masculinity and closeted teenager with predictable fatalistic approach. Actually it's quite okay as character study. But it's also a little cold and the set-up isn't quite proper for make a better climax. Or simply different than the others.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Beach Rats

    Digital. Queer Lisboa. It's clear that it's a film limited by its indecisions, whose best example is the end - everything is going around without evolving. Yet, the original 16mm gives it a granularity that goes well with the bodies and the spaces and, in that sense , brings to memory one of the films that in recent cinema better knew how to contextualize bodies and spaces by a camera's look: Ira Sach's "The Delta".

  • patríciapinho's rating of the film Beach Rats

    sometimes i forget gay men are men too and they're just as susceptible to macho culture. this just left me thinking whether frankie is a victim or a culprit of this macho bs

  • Rocco's rating of the film Beach Rats

    For those who found Call Me By Your Name's vision of youthful desire at full flower among the palazzos of rural Italy a touch whimsical, Hittman is here to remind us how being gay looks when you aren't affluent, well educated or liberal. Dickinson is a captivating (and beautiful) screen presence that elevates what's largely a tame, overly-familiar endeavor. A fully-realized, if modest, effort.

  • astygianelysium's rating of the film Beach Rats

    I have a lot of patience for this set of cliches, achingly choreographed and anchored by the lead's performance. It got me thinking about autonomy and heteronomy: how much is this boy responsible for his actions, under the stress of grief, repression, and malignant friendships? You want neither to absolve him, nor blame him. Written in his face is the impossibility of measuring the responsibility of another.

  • Mtume Gant's rating of the film Beach Rats

    I loved her first film. Thought this film in certain aspects were beyond her scope. Everything external about the area represented felt spot on but the internal life of closeted Gay life to me didn't go past a 1st level Heterosexual gaze entry.

  • Mcpeer's rating of the film Beach Rats

    Besides shooting on 16mm, I can't say I love anything about this film. Hittman seems content to let the subject matter do most the speaking for her rather than adding anything cinematically. It's a cold, shallow movie that checks off a bunch of boxes in today's progressive ideology (a female director, queer subject matter, toxic masculinity, victim) so I guess it gets a pass. There's nothing here you haven't seen.

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