Biutiful Reviews

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Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
May 24, 2011

Excellent performance by Javier Bardem lifts a movie that often drags.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
June 21, 2011

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 31, 2011

Biutiful is mushy and self-important and the subplots Inarritu adds to it only dilute the film further, while also pushing it's running time to a watery two and a half hours.

Ian Buckwalter
DCist
January 30, 2011

All that useless beauty and depth of emotion floats aimlessly in Iñárritu's needlessly over-complicated, self-consciously tricky narrative.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.1/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 27, 2011

Gonzalez Inarritu spends two and a half hours torturing his protagonist, but by the end it's the audience that feels defeated.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 4, 2011

The movie is so well assembled it almost fools you into thinking there's something profound beneath its surface, but there's no way to get under without going through.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
January 27, 2011

Am I the only one who sensed trouble when the painfully methodical spacing and timing of the opening titles suggested the heaviest, most medicinal tragedy of this or any other year?

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
January 26, 2011

Iñárritu's fourth film is only kept from the verge of self-parody by Bardem's soulful, understated 
performance.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 26, 2011

We need a break from Iñárritu's needlessly fractured, misery-and-mishap-laden parables of hectic modern life in a shrinking world full of desperate people.

Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
February 4, 2011

On its way to profundity, Inarritu's film ends up getting tangled in its own histrionics.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 10, 2010

Bardem is superb, but this is a slog, lurching despite high-pressure editing and utterly oblivious to how the harsh-poetic compassion from Amores Perros has hardened into a rather gloating hunger for suffering.

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 4, 2011

All in all, it feels like director/co-screenwriter Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is daring us to say, "Uncle," and I was there within about 10 minutes.

Sophie Ivan
Film4
January 31, 2011

Inarritu, not content to just lay it on thick, smothers his canvas with self-important gloom.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
February 25, 2011

The film is almost too broken and painful for most audiences to be able to experience Uxbal's pain. It's all here, and laid on a bit too thick.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 27, 2010

A punishingly contrived and deterministic saga.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 21, 2011

The film seems ponderous, weighed down and elongated by an overactive poetic sensibility

David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 23, 2011

The film, whatever its intentions, winds up just being deeply depressing and, at nearly 2 1/2 hours, it's a very long slog indeed to the finish.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
January 4, 2011

The film just doesn't come together, and all the well-meaning social criticism and award-winning emoting from Bardem can't change that fact.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.3/10
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
March 31, 2011

Javier Bardem was Oscar-nominated for his performance and the film got a nod for best foreign-language film, but don't let that fool you; it's a stodgy, self-important slog.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
January 26, 2011

Picture spins about, hitting a few sublimely quivering beats of frustration and confession before it loses itself to pretension and trivial displays of surrealism. There's a remarkable film in here somewhere.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
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