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Beautiful Boy (2018)


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Critic Consensus: Beautiful Boy sees Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell delivering showcase work that's often powerful enough to make up for the story's muted emotional impact.

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Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.


Steve Carell
as David Sheff
Maura Tierney
as Karen Barbour
Amy Ryan
as Vicki Sheff
Christian Convery
as Jasoper Sheff
Christian Convery
as Jasper Sheff

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9)

All the wrong decisions end up smothering strong performances from Steve Carell and, to a lesser extent, Timothée Chalamet.

September 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

There's a lot to admire in Beautiful Boy on a performance level, but Carell and Chalamet's work is often buried in frustrating filmmaking.

September 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The detachment at work in "Beautiful Boy" suggests an attempt to speak clearly and truthfully, to resist the clichés of the addiction drama while acknowledging that those clichés can hardly be rewritten.

September 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The film holds you at arm's length, never quite letting you all the way in, never fully showing the ugliest or rawest moments... Van Groeningen takes an extremely granular approach to non-linear storytelling that works until it doesn't.

September 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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The days when a dramatic performance from Carell was a surprise are long behind us, and his journey in "Beautiful Boy" is a marvelously sensitive, largely quiet tour de force.

September 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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With lesser performances, it would crumble under the manipulative weight of unearned gravitas, but these two actors transcend the material at every turn.

September 8, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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