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½ August 6, 2017
It's not fun, it's not entertaining and it's not tied with a bow but it is a slice of life so well written and acted that I believe almost every scene, emotion and expression, and that makes it brilliantly educational. No couple in this situation would allow someone to make a documentary and this is the next best thing to feeling this important and, sadly, not uncommon crisis.
August 16, 2016
"Tarde demais" apresenta a delicada história do casal que perde o filho em um massacre, e logo descobre que o mesmo foi o responsável pelo crime. A direção invasiva enfatiza as belas atuações de Michael Sheen e Maria Bello e o roteiro evita o excesso de maniqueísmos e sentimentalismos gratuitos.
December 4, 2014
Not great but it's still good.
October 27, 2014
I don't think we needed a movie about this subject matter.
September 12, 2014
With a smart script, good direction and strong performances by it's cats especially Michael Sheen. Beautiful Boy is an emotional and powerful drama that is very engrossing.
June 10, 2014
A side to the shooting tragedies that isn't often delved into. AMAZING movie.
½ May 28, 2014
Very well acted although a bit on the depressing side about the parents of a student who decides to open gunfire at his high school killing multiple people and taking his own life. The tragic events take their toll on everyone and the parents struggle with their own relationship as they try and get to grips as to why this has happened
½ April 3, 2014
Probably the most depressing film I've ever seen but I liked it.
February 28, 2014
It can be hard to evaluate a film such as this. Its striking realism is both a gift and a curse: seeing its protagonists in their naturally empty and shell-shocked state for much of the film doesn't make for entertaining viewing - nonetheless its emotional scenes pack such a weighty punch, heightened by Sheen and Bello's terrific performances, you can truly feel their agony.

While the fallout from the unconscionable number of tragedies that inspired this film tends to focus mainly on the perpetrator, then on the victims and their families, "Beautiful Boy" wisely forces its audience to think about the side of the story that is rarely heard.
January 18, 2014
Muy buena, a nadie se le habia ocurrido ver desde ese punto de vista esos incidentes.
½ January 10, 2014
A fairly good idea is executed with only moderate success. Looking at a tragic mass shooting from the perspective of the parents of the shooter is novel, but the film ultimately just enters the same territory as the far superior "Rabbit Hole". Michael Sheen, Maria Bello and Alan Tudyk are just fine, but there's precious little here of interest.
½ December 27, 2013
Beautiful Bore is essentially a thirty minute skit with 15 minutes of relevant dialogue and an extra hour of long, mind numbing worthless footage and 'pass the salt' lines to fill the time out to movie length. Huge gaps in the story result in nothing being learned. Instead, we are treated to numerous, mute scenes of people staring, sitting, lounging, reading, cleaning and even picking out produce in a super-market. The story advances all 20 minutes worth of aimless direction at a rate of about once every 20 minutes. If you were looking for a film with more depth and insight than a four-minute music-video, lower your expectations greatly before viewing.

This heavy handed use of ambiance scenes that drown the viewer in meaningless footage is apparently a long montage of high-minded attempts to use silence and expression to evoke moods that have no framework. Instead, combined with the trying-too-hard trendy camerawork and frankly offensive stench of pride in amateur sloppiness, the viewer is immersed in inscrutable, useless, long pauses in a story that barely begins and never really concludes. The shooting, its cause and questions are so removed from the script that it may as well be any other soap opera episode about a souring marriage, complete with 15 minutes of motel chat about vending snacks, booze and dreary sex.

Every eventual scene-change defibrillates the viewer into remembering there is actually a movie happening, and the amount of protracted scenes that do nothing are such exercises in still-life that one could be forgiven for whistling in the middle of the film for entertainment. It's the sort of movie that you applaud in the end because it's finally over, and when the credits finally roll, it feels like a confession that the director had no real point after all and just wants to quit trying once the 90 minute mark is hit.

Whatever film festival accolades this film so blatantly sought in this art-house coma of a screen-play, where the blank paper it's typed on contributes as much as the ink, the questions it leaves for the audience aren't 'how would the parents of a school shooter see things?' or 'what impact does violent raging massacres have on a young murderers family?'. No, the question this film leaves the audience with is 'What games do I have on my phone while I wait for this slide-show to finally end?'.
½ August 2, 2013
Saw this on TV, very dramatic, depressing and you really feel for the protagonists. train wreck you can't keep your eyes away.
July 24, 2013
You always get to see the "killers" side or the "pyschopaths" side, step into the role of the parents dealing with a son who was the culprit in a school campus massacre, where he takes his own life in the end. Parents have to pick up the pieces. Great movie, very deep.
June 17, 2013
Really good, but really sad. Shows the other side of tragedy.
May 1, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013

(2010) Beautiful Boy

Okay, in order to watch this film you first have to consider it's stars Mario Bello and Michael Sheen because they're exceptional in this film. The second thing one has to consider is it's subject matter which is not excusing anything that happened. The title "Beautiful Boy" was a description of what two average parents used to have as opposed to what happened later for they become victims themselves without realizing it. This is a film that is necessary to anyone who still have their children and may have to begin to break away from their parents because it somehow prepares you for the worst that can happened. And it can affect a persons job, how other people may see you and etc... which no parent won't want any other parent to go through.

3 out of 4 stars
½ April 26, 2013
heartbreaking tale of coping after a son commits homicide and suicide
February 26, 2013
A rather depressing subject and film, But it delivers with great acting and high emotion in my opinion.
½ February 9, 2013
This was good - very sad but it was brilliant how they put it together
February 5, 2013
This is a hard film to watch, but a very important one to see. It raises even more questions than it tries to answer. It makes you think.
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