Bombay Beach Synopsis
Three stories unfold on the shores of the forgotten California Salton Sea.
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indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
The beautiful desolation of Bombay Beach makes it difficult to describe as a documentary. Alma Har'el's directorial debut takes a...
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90

The New York Times

By 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...
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90

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
You either like this kind of ambitious, brave, borderless experiment or you don't, and I think it's absolutely magical and tragic.
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80

Village Voice

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That it documents rural poverty in the American West without exploiting or sanctifying its subjects would be cause enough for praise. But...
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80

Empire

The fact that Alma Har'el is still stuck in music video director mode makes for an interesting new breed of documentary.
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60

Movieline

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But it's to little Benny that the film's heart belongs -- an adorable kid who seems to live only half in this world and the rest of the...
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60

Los Angeles Times

More lyrical tone poem than straightforward documentary.
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58

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
This aestheticizing of troubled lives proves problematic over the long haul.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
Rather than bringing out the symbolic inner lives of the characters, these sequences seem like the intrusion of an aggressive authorial...
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50

Variety

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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...
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