This wisp of a movie, inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde," offers only hints of the complicated personalities behind the characters' sleek, well-toned surfaces.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
It is absolutely terrible.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
"30 Beats" goes on to a meandering orgasm of multiple, less-than-dangerous liaisons meant to titillate, fascinate and illuminate. But once the sweat dries, it irritates.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
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.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Under the circumstances, even first-rate New York stage actors like Thomas Sadoski and Justin Kirk seem uncertain and tentative.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
The jazz-scored pic relies heavily on quirkiness to round out shaky characterizations and inject interest into otherwise forgettable pairings.
Ronnie Scheib - Variety
In "30 Beats," the conversational foreplay is hopelessly flaccid.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
This umpteenth variation on Schnitzler's classic play La Ronde fails to arouse.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Despite the presence of such actors as Lee Pace, Jennifer Tilly, Justin Kirk, Thomas Sadoski and Paz de la Huerta, there is no character insight allowed by the bumper-car storytelling.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
A date movie for narcoleptics.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
As an experiment, 30 Beats is an uneven, if not entirely uninteresting, failure. In its attempt to be modern and titillating, it actually distances and confounds.
Dan Kaufman - Paste Magazine
The characters are props in what's essentially a lame screenwriting exercise.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
A sexy, smart and sophisticated exploration of sex, love and everything in between.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
A clever storytelling structure can easily be reduced to a mere gimmick when there's no story of worth to tell.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The actors barely seem to dip their toes into these scenes, even when they're involved in a menage a trois or an elaborate bondage scheme.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
[VIDEO ESSAY] Marginally enhanced by the presence of a few experienced actors (Jennifer Tilly, Paz De La Huerta, Lee Pace), writer-director Alexis Lloyd's Manhattan-set sexual roundelay is a shoddy feature debut.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
While it lends itself to some interesting insight on the politics of non-exclusive, ****-buddy dynamics, its characters are ultimately too one-dimensional and their dialogue too theatrical to sustain an involving cinematic experience.
Diego Costa - Slant Magazine
Unfortunately, the filmmaker mistakes inertia for sensuality, keeping the material in a frustrating state of paralysis.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Where the original play "La Ronde" was a social satire about the transmission of venereal disease, "30 Beats" is a sickly stepchild.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
That's all that happens: drift from one unrealized, uninteresting character to another.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
A heat wave draws a group of New Yorkers into a ring of seduction and desire in this shoddy exercise marked by posturing and pretention.
Erica Abeel - Film Journal International
The flaccid execution of this promiscuous-New Yorkers circle jerk is more worthy of the clap than a round of applause.
Matt Singer - Time Out New York