A Beautiful Life

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Two lost souls find meaning in a world of chaos in this independent drama directed by Alejandro Chomski and adapted from the play by Wendy Hammond. Desperate teen Maggie (Angela Sarafayan) is on the run from her abusive father, and young immigrant David (Jesse Garcia) is scouring the streets of L.A. for his missing mother. When David and Maggie meet, their fractured lives finally start to make sense. A Beautiful Life also features Dana Delany and Debi Mazar.

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Critic Reviews for A Beautiful Life

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

  • [Lau] successfully balances satire and sentimentality in the first half, but loses his bearings in the sappier second part.

    May 20, 2011 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

    Top Critic
  • Whatever does work here - mainly a soulful performance by Liu Ye - ultimately gets lost in the excess.

    May 19, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film strains credulity by pushing its characters wildly to and fro with a shamelessly sentimental screenplay.

    May 19, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Set among the mean streets and meaner people of downtown Los Angeles, this laughably clichéd dive into sexual masochism and hardscrabble survival replaces story with outline and characters with place holders.

    Oct 2, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • It's tough to find comedy in a dead-serious, skid-row-set film about homelessness, sexual abuse, incest and the exploitation of immigrants, but the misguided A Beautiful Life manages to provide unintentional laughs by the barrel.

    Oct 2, 2009 | Full Review…

    Andrew Barker

    Top Critic
  • A Beautiful Life makes little attempt to be credible or original. And the acting is poor.

    Oct 2, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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