Beautiful Boy (2011)



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Bill (Michael Sheen) and Kate (Maria Bello) hopelessly try to find some hint of an explanation after finding out that their only son committed a mass shooting at his university before taking his own life. They struggle numbly through the funeral, the media onslaught, and the awkward pity from relatives and friends. Their already strained marriage is tested as they realize all they have left with each other is their shared grief and confusion-and the unfortunate legacy of their son. This … More

Rating: R (for some language and a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Shawn Ku, Michael Armbruster
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 17, 2011
Box Office: $77.2k
Anchor Bay Films - Official Site


Logan South

as Young Sammy
Nigel Gibbs

as Police Detective
Jessie Usher

as Basketball Teen
Davidson Park

as Other Basketballl Pl...
Caleb Pearson

as Other Basketball Pla...
Joshua Shannon

as Other Basketball Pla...
Darren O'Hare

as Church Pastor
Myra Turley

as Grieving Mother Patt...
Bella King

as Motel Clerk's Daught...
Meat Loaf

as Motel Clerk
Drake Kemper

as Teenage Burglar
Mary Jane Gibson

as Bill's Coworker
Kylie Anderson

as Bill's Coworker
Tor Campbell

as Bill's Coworker
Judith DiGiacomo

as Bill's Coworker
Joe Dioletto

as Bill's Coworker
Stephen Murano

as Bill's Coworker
Josephine Ullrich

as Bill's Coworker
Philip Zurfluh

as Bill's Coworker
David Lipper

as Radio Reporter Voice...
Kelli Kirkland Powers

as TV News Reporter
Brooke Lyons

as TV Reporter Voice
Michael Call

as TV Reporter Voice
Gregory H. Alpert

as Baby Shower Carl
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Boy

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (27)

In Beautiful Boy, the themes are vast but the picture is small, and the ensuing emptiness is what the characters are meant to feel -- not us.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

An excruciating drama about a couple caught in the aftermath of a pivotal moment involving their college-age son.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

At a certain point lofty objectivity is just a refusal to engage, and no raw camera work can disguise it.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Most of "Beautiful Boy" is unrelentingly bleak and depressing, but there are smatterings of understatement and grace.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

This feels like a movie that won a high school current-events contest: Take a tragedy, make a movie.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Ku focuses on the effects the aftermath has on those intimately involved, and they are grim.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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