Biutiful (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Biutiful (2010)



Critic Consensus: Javier Bardem's searing performance helps to elevate Biutiful, as does Alejandro González Iñárritu's craftsmanship, but the film often lapses into contrivance and grimness.

Movie Info

Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. His livelihood is earned out of bounds, his sacrifices for his children know no bounds. Like life itself, this is a circular tale that ends where it begins. As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, and the paternal guiding hand that navigates life's corridors, whether bright, bad - or biutiful. -- (C) Roadside Attractionsmore
Rating: R (for disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Armando Bo, Nicolás Giacobone, Alejandro González Iñárritu
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 31, 2011
Box Office: $5.1M
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Lio Jin
as Liwei
Luo Jin
as Liwei
Yodian Yang
as Chino Obeso
Tuo Lin
as Barman Bar Hai
Xueheng Chen
as Chino Bodega
Ye Ailie
as Hai's Father
Xianlin Bao
as Hai's Mother
Nasser Saleh
as Muchacho
Tomás del Estal
as Hombre de Luto
Ángel Luis Arjona
as Niño Muerto
Dolores Echepares
as Señora Funeral
Adelfa Calvo
as Mujer Grande
Manuel Solo
as Médico
Violeta Pérez
as Enfermera
Isaac Alcaide
as Cirujano 2
Nacho Moliné
as Cirujano 3
Annabel Totusaus
as Secretaria Fincas
Eduardo Gómez
as Hombre Semidesnudo
Ramón Elies
as Empleado Cementerio ...
Juan Vicente Sánchez
as Empleado Cementerio ...
Félix Cubero
as Burócrata
Leticia Albizuri
as Chica Joven 2
María Casado
as Presentadora Informa...
Judith Huertas
as Reportera Informativ...
Aroa Ortiz
as Stripper
Sonia Cruz
as Stripper
Sophie Evans
as Stripper
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Critic Reviews for Biutiful

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (36)

The Bataan Death March of art-directed miserablim. And to what end?

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

The film is beautifully photographed and incredibly effective. Holding it all together is a brilliant central performance by Javier Bardem.

Full Review… | July 24, 2013
We Got This Covered

This bloated drama is redeemed by its focus of a man caught between two distinctive and memorable worlds.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Ugliness as "art."

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Movie Nation

Bardem and Iñárritu draw you in to a story that says so much about not only its individual characters but also of life, exile, love, family and death.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Unwatchable without Javier Bardem's affecting, devastatingly committed performance, Biutiful plunges the viewer into a shapeless, sprawling character study that functions as nothing less than a punishing reminder of how rotten the universe can be.

Full Review… | June 21, 2011

Audience Reviews for Biutiful


This sad, depressing drama wants to create an unbearable sense of tragedy that doesn't always feel genuine, but even so it benefits from a strong performance by Bardem, who is able to inject some complexity into his character despite the rather artificial plot.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


"Biutiful" is a near masterpiece of human suffering, dank realism, and redemption; being that this is the fourth film from the acclaimed Iñárritu, you should already get the hint that it tends to focuses on the former instead of the latter. Make no mistake, this is a heavy film in every sense of the word, and that might isolated viewers. But "Biutiful" is more than it's plot synopsis suggests. Iñárritu balances many complex themes effectively, and though the tale concerns a dying man coming to terms with it's predicament, "Biutiful" doesn't pigeonhole itself. It's as expansive and broad as the director's ambitious, multicontinental opus "Babel" from 2006. Javier Bardem gives one of the performances of his career here, and is the reason that the picture is so emotionally devastating and honest, without feeling forcefully so (which is miraculous considering the pigment of it's subject matter). It's a testament to the films craft that even it's unexpected supernatural elements are handled with such conviction, never making a conflict in tone or logic. Unrelentingly Grim, and yes...beautiful, this is in many ways Iñárritu's finest work to date. Same goes for Bardem.

Michael S

Super Reviewer


Biutiful is a long, endlessly bleak gloomfest made worthwhile by a transcendetal performance by the great Javier Bardem. The talented filmmaker Alejandro Innaritu provides a backdrop rich with detail and atmosphere. All his other tragic films, (worth seeing) contain multiple story lines, in the case of Babel, set all over the world, but somehow tied together. These multiple story lines somehow leaven the atmosphere and make the films very eclectic and watchable. Here, for the first time, he focuses on the devastation of one guy in one self contained scenario - and what devastation! And unlike the book of Job, there's no interesting debate on the nature of god or an explanation of the meaning of it all.

The setting is present day Barcelona among the underclass of illegal immigrants, smugglers, hooker and drug dealer/users. What I quarrel with is that Innaritu has jam packed the woes suffered by Bardem to include, just for a start!!, terminal cancer, two cute kids, who happen to have an irresponsible hooker addict mother (who is sleeping with Bardem's brother), Bardem being complicit in the mass murder of illegal Chinese immigrants who work in a hidden sweat shop.

The thrust of the drama is wondering whether Bardem will find a way to get his affairs in order before his inevitable death a few weeks hence. There's almost no break for the tragedy, and therefore, one becomes benumbed to the pain quite early in the two hour and forty five minute running time.

I don't know what message he's after here other than life sucks and everyone you're close to will always let you down and the kids will be the ones to suffer. Also, if you think the lovely Gaudi buildings will at least give some visual relief from the misery, you'll be let down. They are never shown. Instead, it's the mouldy appartments and mean streets of the armpit of Barcelona. If this wallow in hell appeals, it's certainly worth a rental, and Bardem is really worth watching. The real tragedy is that his performance was not in a more balanced and multi-faceted film, but in a dirge like wallow of misery.

Josh Morris
Josh Morris

Super Reviewer

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