The Beach Bum Movie Review
Capsule Review: Boasting a 56% Rotten Tomatoes rating and 30% audience score at time of writing, The Beach Bum hasn’t exactly won over too many people, but an all-in and off-the-wall performance by Matthew McConaughey elevates this oft-enjoyable comedy from Harmony Korine—even if its plot doesn’t amount to much more than Matthew McConaughey giving an all-in and off-the-wall performance. The first half is oddly mesmerizing if not downright great, but by the third act the experience has sobered, Korine’s drug-fueled excursion no longer quite as fun. Not for everyone, but certainly for some, The Beach Bum is worth checking out—you’ll know early on whether it’s for you.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.