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Beautiful Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 30, 2010
Beautiful is just bad, sadly. Where's the plot?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
April 12, 2010
ally Field's direction is pedestrian, though she does manage to get shamelessly winning performances out of Driver and Eisenberg.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 14, 2010
An uneasy mix of broad satire, soap opera outlandishness, and movie-of-the-week sappiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 11, 2006
It's treacly, plastic and shamelessly obvious, and yet, on a low-rent level, it somehow works.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
September 12, 2006
Flat, witless, and sappy (a very bad combo), Sally Field's embarrassing feature directorial debut aims to say something "relevant" about American society's obsession with physical looks at the expense of "inner beauty" and moral integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
...one of that growing genre of mainstream Hollywood shots at the main chance -- an unfunny comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 24, 2003
Pior do que a direção de Sally Field, só mesmo o caráter desprezível da personagem principal: uma mulher egoísta, fútil e irritante. Ao longo do filme, eu não queria apenas que ela perdesse o concurso; queria que ela sofresse.
| Original Score: 1/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 10, 2002
When a person is suffering deeply, Field cues you in to what they're thinking by having voices from the past echoing all around them, a technique that's more often used in cautionary drivers' ed documentaries...
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
January 1, 2000
[Driver] gives a technically impressive and effectively scary performance. But then, so does the Terminator.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
It has some humor and warmth, but would be nearly unendurable except for Driver.
Dave White
IFilm
January 1, 2000
One idiotic, false, maddening plot turn after another, none of which are resolved in a manner that would resemble real, human behavior.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It manages to find an almost pitch-perfect accumulation of ill-matched tones, sheer grotesquerie, near-heroic absurdity and self-canceling folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Bill Pearis
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
What could have been light and sweet is bogged down by layer upon layer of schmaltz and sentiment, not to mention a rather ugly (on the inside) main character.
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 1, 2000
[Field] fails horribly to establish a consistent tone; we never know whether she's going for laughs or melodrama.
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A conceptual tug-of-war between pathos, cynicism, and satire that is perfunctorily resolved by a thoroughly undeserved (if unsurprising) change of heart.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
As predictable as a beauty queen's tearful acceptance speech.
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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Awkward, alternately sour and sappy.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
You won't often see a movie with so many recognizable names yet such weak direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 44/100
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Guys, quick huddle here. If your girlfriend even suggests seeing this movie, you might want to consider these time-tested words: 'Satan, go ye hence from the soul of my girlfriend. I shall not abide thy evil channeling.'
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
The kind of movie that connoisseurs of bad cinema will really, really like. Rarely does a movie go so thoroughly wrong in so many ways.
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