Beats (UK)

Beats (UK)

Beats (UK)

Set in the Scottish summer of '94, two soon-to-depart mates spend one last night together at an illegal rave in this electronic music-driven crowd-pleaser.

2019Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language & drug use101 minsUK
DramaMusic
80%
want to see

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Reviews & comments

Well heck, I did not expect any of that. I hate to hyperbolise, but it's close to the most exciting viewing experience I've had in film. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

4.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

…goes beyond the social realism so prevalent in British film, to capture the immediacy and euphoria of 1990s rave culture.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Welsh has delivered a compelling snapshot of an era and captured a moment in life when friendship is at its most sustaining.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Beats is a simple structure, loaded with detail, dialogue and situations that only a writer who lived it could have conjured up.

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Beats doesn't have anything more to say than previous films about dance culture, but with a visual style of its own and excellent music choices, it's a fitting tribute to an era etched in the memory of anyone old enough to have attended.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

The script, adapted by Welsh and Kieran Hurley from Hurley's play, is especially good on the preciousness and subjectivity of cultural experience.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It's miraculously authentic - the pill-popping centrepiece is the heavenly answer to the LSD hell of Gaspar Noé's 'Climax'.

4.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Beats brilliantly captures the nervy, joyful terror of turning up at a derelict warehouse equipped with a soundsystem and woefully inadequate toilet facilities.

Variety

Variety

press

Beats proceeds to give a dying scene its euphoric due, in a dazzling digression from stage-based form.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Compared with Mia Hansen-Løve’s resonant French house drama Eden, or Michael Winterbottom’s kaleidoscopic 24 Hour Party People, these beats sound tinny.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An infectiously enjoyable slice of knockabout nostalgia that wears its Trainspotting heritage proudly on its rough-edged tartan sleeve.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Beats is a truly heartfelt rites-of-passage tale — an immersive, intoxicating portrayal of the rave scene at its peak.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

…goes beyond the social realism so prevalent in British film, to capture the immediacy and euphoria of 1990s rave culture.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Welsh has delivered a compelling snapshot of an era and captured a moment in life when friendship is at its most sustaining.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Beats is a simple structure, loaded with detail, dialogue and situations that only a writer who lived it could have conjured up.

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Beats doesn't have anything more to say than previous films about dance culture, but with a visual style of its own and excellent music choices, it's a fitting tribute to an era etched in the memory of anyone old enough to have attended.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

The script, adapted by Welsh and Kieran Hurley from Hurley's play, is especially good on the preciousness and subjectivity of cultural experience.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It's miraculously authentic - the pill-popping centrepiece is the heavenly answer to the LSD hell of Gaspar Noé's 'Climax'.

4.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Beats brilliantly captures the nervy, joyful terror of turning up at a derelict warehouse equipped with a soundsystem and woefully inadequate toilet facilities.

Variety

Variety

press

Beats proceeds to give a dying scene its euphoric due, in a dazzling digression from stage-based form.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Compared with Mia Hansen-Løve’s resonant French house drama Eden, or Michael Winterbottom’s kaleidoscopic 24 Hour Party People, these beats sound tinny.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An infectiously enjoyable slice of knockabout nostalgia that wears its Trainspotting heritage proudly on its rough-edged tartan sleeve.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Beats is a truly heartfelt rites-of-passage tale — an immersive, intoxicating portrayal of the rave scene at its peak.

Well heck, I did not expect any of that. I hate to hyperbolise, but it's close to the most exciting viewing experience I've had in film. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

4.0