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Beautiful Boy Reviews

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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+
June 6, 2011
A story about a relationship that sometimes feels real between two people who never do.
June 3, 2011
Actors are left with too much time to play emotional symphonies, while inevitably having to hit too many required notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 12, 2011
[VIDEO] "Beautiful Boy" is depressingly amateurish.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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
June 2, 2011
"Beautiful Boy" tiptoes into a minefield, where it loses its nerve and remains frozen in its tracks, too timid to find a way back.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 3, 2011
The relentlessly grim "Beautiful Boy" ends up being an endurance test.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 3, 2011
Great drama makes you think you're looking into other people's lives. "Beautiful Boy" makes you think you're merely peeking in their windows.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
May 31, 2011
While Beautiful Boy is potent and even admirable (setting aside the question of why there are no scenes of the victims' parents' grief), it ultimately mistakes prim, emotional monotony for gravity.
June 1, 2011
By the tenth round of what feels like drama-school exercises writ large, you wish these talents would simply say "Scene" and scoot into the wings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 2, 2011
The filmmakers are shooting for vulnerability and emotional desperation, but the set-up is too contrived and immature to feel whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 9, 2011
Ku photographs almost everything in intrusive close-up, with a shaky hand-held camera - an increasingly hackneyed way of conveying documentary-style reality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
June 17, 2011
Beautiful Boy remains removed and distant.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
June 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
June 3, 2011
This movie is one I'm glad I saw once because of the great performances, but will never revisit because the emotions are so tough to process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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