• Biutiful
    2 minutes 59 seconds
    Added: Oct 21, 2010

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Biutiful Reviews

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Iñárritu has a delicate yet searing sense of intimacy, which cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures with hand-held determination.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 11, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Watch Bardem here -- his eyes speak heart-rending volumes.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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With the exception of an otherworldly prologue that remains mysterious well into the film, Biutiful is an unusually linear feature for Iñárritu, but no less involving or challenging than his previous works Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros.

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

February 10, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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When life is less inviting than death, the eye of the beholder is inclined to look away.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 4, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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An overloaded agony parade of a film that's such a grim march to devastation that it should be hard to watch. And, OK, it is. But with Bardem at its center, it's like watching a lush train wreck.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

February 4, 2011
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Despite a commanding, Oscar-nominated performance by the always-interesting Javier Bardem, there's a quality of manufactured misery to "Biutiful"...

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

February 3, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[Bardem] draws from a deep, deep well of love, pain, and who-knows-what-else.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 3, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"Biutiful" is devastating.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 3, 2011
Dana Stevens
Slate
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It's the kind of film that congratulates the viewer on her tolerance for the spectacle of unrelieved misery.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 3, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Bardem's performance makes it not just bearable but rich and compelling.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

February 2, 2011
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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The movie's mood might well have proved unendurable were it not for the proud and sympathetic presence of Bardem.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 31, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Iñárritu is far from untalented -- Amores Perros had sequences as powerful as anything in the films of Luis Bunuel -- but misery has become his shtick.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

January 29, 2011
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Javier Bardem cuts a tragic figure as a dying Barcelona lowlife who traffics in illegal immigrants and communes with the dead.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 28, 2011
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
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Watching Bardem occupy, embrace and ultimately own a multifaceted role like the one he plays in "Biutiful" is a rare treat, and an absolute joy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 28, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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What Iñárritu gives us is not a beautiful world or an amazing world. It is simply the world, and therefore, by definition, beautiful and amazing - and painful, awful and mysterious.

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

January 27, 2011
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Boasts quality of acting and an overall intensity level that make up for a lot of narrative shortcomings.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 27, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Biutiful is a love story about the bonds of parenthood with pinpoints of redemptive light amid the darkness.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 27, 2011
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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Biutiful blesses you with the opportunity to see soul exposed, courtesy of Bardem's performance...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 27, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Iñárritu wants to run us ragged - physically, spiritually, emotionally, it's all the same to him. And he'll empty his complete cinematic arsenal to do so.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 27, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Rarely has an actor anchored a wobbly movie so confidently as Bardem does here. He displays an astonishing range of emotions, from love to anger to shock and horror, with a conviction that is something close to awesome.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 27, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 27, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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What drew me into the film and engaged my sympathy was the presence of Bardem himself.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2011
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Iñárritu's film won't work for everyone. Yet, it offers consolation that, in a world of numbing, overwhelming anguish, human feeling is still possible.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

January 26, 2011
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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The high level of craft can't sustain the movie as its script (written by Inarritu with Armando Bo and Nicolas Giacobone) becomes increasingly hectoring.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 29, 2010
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Biutiful is even more morbidly obese than Babel in terms of soggy ideas, elephantine with miserabilist humanism and redemption jibber-jabber.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 29, 2010
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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Inarritu is as visually talented as any filmmaker working today, and Biutiful (which was shot by Rodrigo Prieto) is relentlessly detailed. But it's also leaden and contrived.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 29, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Looking for a dark and depressing movie for the holidays? You'll find it in Biutiful, the riveting work of two talented Spaniards: director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and actor Javier Bardem.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 29, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Its portrait of a man with nothing who must deal with the end of everything while trying to safeguard his children has moments of power and poetry.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

December 29, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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[It] ultimately gives us a story of hope, and from Bardem, a performance of staggering depth, unquestionably one of the year's best.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 29, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It would be impossible to list the Oscar-worthy performances of 2010 without highlighting Javier Bardem in Biutiful.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

December 29, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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From one scene to the next, as is his custom, Mr. Gonzalez Inarritu creates a feeling of raw, sprawling intimacy.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 29, 2010
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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In spite of fine work from Bardem and Álvarez, Biutiful is an irritating, oppressive 150-minute dirge, not the step forward Iñárritu's dissolved partnership with Arriaga seemed to promise.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

December 28, 2010
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Soulful, tragic and made with loving care. But it's also so gloomy that you're not sure who to recommend it to.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 23, 2010
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Biutiful is not a tragedy. It's a straight-up travesty.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

December 22, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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An impressionistic, poignant portrait of a man on the fringes of Barcelona, forced to relinquish earthly things before his time.

July 6, 2010
Justin Chang
Variety
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Its scant emotional rewards can't shake off the sense of a prodigiously gifted filmmaker stuck in a grim rut.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 6, 2010
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