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Beautiful Boy Reviews

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 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 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
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
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
Ku focuses on the effects the aftermath has on those intimately involved, and they are grim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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.
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
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
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
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-
June 3, 2011
Painfully perceptive and relentlessly raw, this intimate observation of a couple in extremis plays out with such subdued intensity that, by the end, audiences will very likely feel as wrung out as its embattled stars.
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 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
June 3, 2011
The relentlessly grim "Beautiful Boy" ends up being an endurance test.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 2, 2011
I suspect parents will react more strongly to this movie than non-parents. It's hard to imagine anyone, however, leaving the theater without a more thoughtful perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2011
Out of a premise horrifically familiar from tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech director Shawn Ku has crafted a film that will haunt you for a good long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 2, 2011
A claustrophobic, punishingly intense, beautifully measured exploration of the depths of human despair.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 1, 2011
Beautiful Boy could be about any tragedy... and it is at its best when it is at its toughest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 1, 2011
Beautiful Boy is a haunting, deeply disturbing but beautifully made film with depth and range about a dark subject...
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
May 27, 2011
Michael Sheen and Maria Bello both have wrenching moments in this quiet, oblique drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 21, 2010
A spare, unflinching examination of a married couple coping with the tragic death of their 18-year-old son.
September 17, 2010
Filmmaker Shawn Ku achieves an impressive balance of formal control and emotional spontaneity in debut feature Beautiful Boy.