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Beautiful Boy Reviews

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Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
September 14, 2014
Beautiful Boy has raw and emotional power without falling all over itself with melodrama, but it does come up short in some narrative regards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
You have to be perfect for a project as perilous as this one to work. "Beautiful Boy" is far from it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
October 11, 2011
The parents always know.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 21, 2011
There are no answers, only more questions, and the film beats you down, which is probably the point and the closest we can ever get to truly empathizing with parents whose children go mad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
June 17, 2011
It is a mood dampener of the first degree, but it's a rarely told story at a time when this type of tragedy is becoming tragically ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 17, 2011
In Beautiful Boy, the themes are vast but the picture is small, and the ensuing emptiness is what the characters are meant to feel -- not us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
June 17, 2011
Beautiful Boy remains removed and distant.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
June 17, 2011
It's primarily an actor's showcase, with Bello once again displaying her incredible range as she copes with the waves of grief, denial and rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 17, 2011
An excruciating drama about a couple caught in the aftermath of a pivotal moment involving their college-age son.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
June 16, 2011
'Boy,' for all its exploitation of the sensational, is a tense affair that challenges us with questions we may never have thought to ask.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
June 16, 2011
The film's depiction of a married couple in emotional peril rings true rather than maudlin, sustained at a riveting pitch through the consummately raw, sympathetic performances of its two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 16, 2011
At a certain point lofty objectivity is just a refusal to engage, and no raw camera work can disguise it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
June 16, 2011
Most of "Beautiful Boy" is unrelentingly bleak and depressing, but there are smatterings of understatement and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 16, 2011
This feels like a movie that won a high school current-events contest: Take a tragedy, make a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 16, 2011
Ku focuses on the effects the aftermath has on those intimately involved, and they are grim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 16, 2011
Ku gives us the shooter's parents' view of the tragedy and it is just as devastating as anything we can imagine among victims' families.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2011
The most daring aspect of the film, fully realized in Bello's grave performance, may be the notion that a parent can invest endless love in a child and one day find him unfathomable.
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
June 10, 2011
Unlike the rather basic idea of Rabbit Hole being spun into other areas of forgiveness and catharsis, Ku's film exists in a bubble that just keeps floating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 10, 2011
Successfully contextualizes its tragedy with urgency and emotional rawness without crumbling into maudlin melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 9, 2011
If the key performances in "Beautiful Boy" were any less honest, the film's half-formed suppositions would undo it utterly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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