Psycho Beach Party Synopsis
Beach-girl Chicklet (Lauren Ambrose) worries she may be a killer.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A little Hitchcock and some good Psycho fun at the beach.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
If it doesn't always come off, enough headlong energy develops to carry it through.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Its cheeky, good fun is what makes Psycho Beach Party an enjoyable, if weightless, romp.
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
Overstays its welcome until the jokes curdle and the satire becomes a blunt instrument, but not before Busch throws some priceless...
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Smart, fun and mildly subversive, but it rides the wave of its joke a little too long.
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50

Miami Herald

By Charles Savage
While there is archival value in permanently recording this work on celluloid, the best way to really enjoy it remains live on stage.
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50

Chicago Tribune

There's nothing here that's outrageous, startling or daring enough to give your funny bone a jolt.
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40

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
This unsubtle parody probably worked better on stage; its candy-colored artifice looks more than a little strained on film, and the actors...
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25

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Charles Busch's spoof of beach-party movies and psychological thrillers, an off-Broadway hit 13 years ago, stubbornly refuses to entertain...
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13

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
Struggles like a fat kid on the gym rope to conjure up even a single decent laugh.
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By QueenieT
It's such a fun, campy movie. Great cast, fun twists and turns - it's a blast....