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Beautiful Reviews

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Sally, get it straight: Mona doesn't deserve to be cheered. We don't like her. We really, really don't like her.
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January 1, 2000
Focuses on one woman's heartfelt and funny journey in search of what beauty really means.
Robert Strohmeyer
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Disappointingly short on substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonathan Lewis
Gay Chicago Magazine
January 1, 2000
The script never finds the right tone for its life lessons, opting for maudlin sentimentality and ludicrous plot twists as phony as a beauty contestant's hair color.
Scott Chitwood
ComingSoon.net
January 1, 2000
A funny and enjoyable film.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A mess of a movie that suffers from awkward writing, a plot with major disconnects in plausibility, an annoyingly screechy kid character and cheesy production values.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Now we know where Forrest Gump got at least part of his liabilities.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
Every mushy element of the script is robustly wrung for every last drip of sap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tor Thorsen
Reel.com
January 1, 2000
A tedious ordeal, riddled with unlikable characters, recycled gags, and inane plot developments.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
The lead character in this film ... is one of the most reprehensible human beings that I have ever had the displeasure of watching at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
You won't often see a movie with so many recognizable names yet such weak direction.
Read More | Original Score: 44/100
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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Awkward, alternately sour and sappy.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
As predictable as a beauty queen's tearful acceptance speech.
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A conceptual tug-of-war between pathos, cynicism, and satire that is perfunctorily resolved by a thoroughly undeserved (if unsurprising) change of heart.
Andy Klein
New Times
January 1, 2000
Despite an almost two-hour running time and a wholly loathsome main character, Beautiful is generally engaging.
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 1, 2000
[Field] fails horribly to establish a consistent tone; we never know whether she's going for laughs or melodrama.
Bill Pearis
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
What could have been light and sweet is bogged down by layer upon layer of schmaltz and sentiment, not to mention a rather ugly (on the inside) main character.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
January 1, 2000
[Driver] gives a technically impressive and effectively scary performance. But then, so does the Terminator.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
It has some humor and warmth, but would be nearly unendurable except for Driver.
Steve Simels
TV Guide
January 1, 2000
Well, knock us over with a tiara, but first-time director Sally Field has actually made a likeable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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