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  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Everything that goes around comes around, but the roundelay in 30 Beats comes off, well, a little square. show more

  • 20
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Clearly aiming for high artistic ground, the film doesn't even satisfy on an arousal level, with the discreet nudity and endless yakking not exactly proving a turn-on. show more

  • 38
    New York Post

    There's an argument to be made that sex scenes, done to death, are best left to the imagination - but only if they're replaced by something more interesting. In 30 Beats, the conversational foreplay is hopelessly flaccid. show more

  • 38
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Where the original play "La Ronde" was a social satire about the transmission of venereal disease, 30 Beats is a sickly stepchild. show more

  • 25
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    While it lends itself to some interesting insight on the politics of non-exclusive, fuck-buddy dynamics, its characters are ultimately too one-dimensional and their dialogue too theatrical to sustain an involving cinematic experience. show more

  • 25
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Director Lloyd leaves it all to the imagination, but in a movie this slow and indecisive, the imagination is no longer enough when we've seen stronger stuff elsewhere. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    There's an interesting idea about the way people assume wildly disparate personalities to please different sexual partners, but the flaccid execution of this promiscuous–New Yorkers circle jerk is more worthy of the clap than a round of applause. show more

  • 20
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    It means to be an interconnected story, in which one coupling leads to another in increasingly ridiculous fashion, until you're not only no longer interested, you're grinding your teeth, hoping it will end. show more

  • 40
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    The jazz-scored picture relies heavily on quirkiness to round out shaky characterizations and inject interest into otherwise forgettable pairings. show more

  • 30
    Los Angeles Times

    The only payoff to Lloyd's structure is that the young actress Condola Rashad, a recent Tony nominee, is allowed to appear in both the film's first scene and its final segment to bring the story full-circle, though her enigmatic, beguiling presence underlines just the sort of energy missing from the rest of the film. show more

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