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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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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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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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.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 10, 2011
Successfully contextualizes its tragedy with urgency and emotional rawness without crumbling into maudlin melodrama.
Read More | 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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 9, 2011
Beautiful Boy is not an entertainment but an experience. And a kind of cinematic sensitivity training.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 9, 2011
A film like this can end honestly in only one way, and Ku is true to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
June 9, 2011
Powerfully inhabits the grieving process following a devastating incident that no one can understand until they go through it. Hopefully, we'll all be lucky enough not to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
June 7, 2011
Agonizing, moving drama about a family torn by tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 3, 2011
There is, however, despite the intensity of the acting, an obviousness to the scenes as they play out in what often feels like real time.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 3, 2011
...while Bello and Sheen hit all the varied notes, Ku fails to make the film's actual template - that of a school shooter's family in the days and weeks following the crime - believable in any way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
June 3, 2011
Frustratingly lacking in certain story elements, but held together by the rawness and unprecious nature of its lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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