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Beautiful Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 30, 2010
Beautiful is just bad, sadly. Where's the plot?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
April 12, 2010
ally Field's direction is pedestrian, though she does manage to get shamelessly winning performances out of Driver and Eisenberg.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 14, 2010
An uneasy mix of broad satire, soap opera outlandishness, and movie-of-the-week sappiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 11, 2006
It's treacly, plastic and shamelessly obvious, and yet, on a low-rent level, it somehow works.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
September 12, 2006
Flat, witless, and sappy (a very bad combo), Sally Field's embarrassing feature directorial debut aims to say something "relevant" about American society's obsession with physical looks at the expense of "inner beauty" and moral integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
...one of that growing genre of mainstream Hollywood shots at the main chance -- an unfunny comedy.
Read More | Original Score: D-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 24, 2003
Pior do que a direção de Sally Field, só mesmo o caráter desprezível da personagem principal: uma mulher egoísta, fútil e irritante. Ao longo do filme, eu não queria apenas que ela perdesse o concurso; queria que ela sofresse.
| Original Score: 1/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 10, 2002
When a person is suffering deeply, Field cues you in to what they're thinking by having voices from the past echoing all around them, a technique that's more often used in cautionary drivers' ed documentaries...
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is so nasty to its mostly female characters that it feels harshly misogynist.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Some will argue that this review is cruel, and they may be right -- but so is being losing two hours of one's life to this inexcusably bad tripe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A movie with so many inconsistencies, improbabilities, unanswered questions and unfinished characters that we have to suspend not only disbelief but also intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
This movie wants to have it both ways: to score points against beauty pageants and the cult of feminine beauty in our culture, but also to root for Mona. It doesn't work.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Even a couple of sharp pokes at pageant conventions can't keep the clumsy story from stumbling when on the catwalk.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Certainly the beauty biz deserves better than the antsy and dispiriting Beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
This movie has no point of view, a wildly inconsistent tone, and no understanding of its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Amy Sidwar
PopMatters
January 1, 2000
Falls short of its promise by failing to get below the surface of any of the issues it introduces.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
If you and a few girlfriends want a night out with laughs and popcorn, this could be your movie.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
An odd and disjointed mixture of satire, straight comedy and syrupy melodrama, the film simply doesn't work.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
It's difficult to say whether the film had a weak, choppy script, or if Fields insisted on cramming too much into the final product.
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
Beautiful ain't. Sally Field may be proclaiming "You like me! You really like me!" behind the camera, but don't be egged on.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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