• R, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Shawn Ku
    In Theaters:
    Jun 3, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 11, 2011
  • Anchor Bay Films


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Beautiful Boy Reviews

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Will Leitch

You have to be perfect for a project as perilous as this one to work. "Beautiful Boy" is far from it.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C+

June 22, 2013
Victoria Alexander

The parents always know.

Full Review Source: FilmsInReview.com

October 11, 2011
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

There are no answers, only more questions, and the film beats you down, which is probably the point and the closest we can ever get to truly empathizing with parents whose children go mad.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

June 21, 2011
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

It is a mood dampener of the first degree, but it's a rarely told story at a time when this type of tragedy is becoming tragically ordinary.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 17, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2011
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald

Beautiful Boy remains removed and distant.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: C+

June 17, 2011
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

It's primarily an actor's showcase, with Bello once again displaying her incredible range as she copes with the waves of grief, denial and rage.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2011
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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An excruciating drama about a couple caught in the aftermath of a pivotal moment involving their college-age son.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 17, 2011
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

'Boy,' for all its exploitation of the sensational, is a tense affair that challenges us with questions we may never have thought to ask.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 3/4

June 16, 2011
Dustin Putman

The film's depiction of a married couple in emotional peril rings true rather than maudlin, sustained at a riveting pitch through the consummately raw, sympathetic performances of its two leads.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 3/4

June 16, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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At a certain point lofty objectivity is just a refusal to engage, and no raw camera work can disguise it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 16, 2011
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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Most of "Beautiful Boy" is unrelentingly bleak and depressing, but there are smatterings of understatement and grace.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 16, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This feels like a movie that won a high school current-events contest: Take a tragedy, make a movie.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 16, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Ku focuses on the effects the aftermath has on those intimately involved, and they are grim.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 16, 2011
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Ku gives us the shooter's parents' view of the tragedy and it is just as devastating as anything we can imagine among victims' families.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

June 16, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The most daring aspect of the film, fully realized in Bello's grave performance, may be the notion that a parent can invest endless love in a child and one day find him unfathomable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 13, 2011
Erik Childress

Unlike the rather basic idea of Rabbit Hole being spun into other areas of forgiveness and catharsis, Ku's film exists in a bubble that just keeps floating.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 10, 2011
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

Successfully contextualizes its tragedy with urgency and emotional rawness without crumbling into maudlin melodrama.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 10, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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If the key performances in "Beautiful Boy" were any less honest, the film's half-formed suppositions would undo it utterly.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 9, 2011
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Beautiful Boy is not an entertainment but an experience. And a kind of cinematic sensitivity training.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 9, 2011
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