Beautiful Boy (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Beautiful Boy (2018)



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 (162) | Top Critics (37)

The leads are superb, buoyed by Amy Ryan as Nic's mom, Maura Tierney as his stepmother, and LisaGay Hamilton in a moving cameo.

October 26, 2018 | Full Review…

When the family dynamics are front and center, "Beautiful Boy" resonates, as it reflects the ugliness of addiction and the long tail it wags.

October 25, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

"Beautiful Boy" is a welcome corrective, of sorts. If only it weren't quite so . . . clean.

October 24, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Imperfect yet affecting.

October 23, 2018 | Full Review…

A test of an actor is playing someone who's split in so many ways that he moves forward while looking backwards and vice versa, and Chalamet is already a master.

October 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Chalamet is asked to hit some big notes in this performance, but we never see him acting. That's true greatness in the making.

October 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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