Beautiful Girls 1996

Beautiful Girls

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A warm, thoughtful dramedy about male insecurity, Beautiful Girls is buoyed by an excellent cast - particularly Natalie Portman in a stunning early role.

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An all-star cast sparks this captivating comedy about a group of old friends whose 10-year high school reunion creates some hilariously unexpected surprises. Willie (Timothy Hutton), Tommy (Matt Dillon), and Paul may have lost a bit of their youth, but they're still ready to party with Uma Thurman, Rosie O'Donnell, Lauren Holly, and Mira Sorvino -- the beautiful girls who've turned their lives upside down!

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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Girls

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (10)

  • Beautiful Girls is always in touch with reality but never drowned in it.

    November 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • This startlingly uneventful compendium of thick-headed boy-talk and female tolerance squanders a fine cast on incredibly ordinary characters and situations.

    March 26, 2009

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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  • Women may be unimpressed, but men will squirm with recognition.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • It's the women who break the monotony of this dudes-in-flux saga...

    June 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • In a relationship that skirts bad taste, Hutton and Portman make tender movie magic, giving this big-screen spin on Friends its only moments of true romantic yearning.

    May 12, 2001 | Rating: 3/4
  • The dialogue isn't the only problem with Beautiful Girls. The characters are bad, too.

    February 14, 2001 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 10, 2020
    I can not get over the the feeling that Timothy Hutton's character behaves like a pedophile. The object of his attention, played by Natalie Portman, was coming off Luc Besson's The Professional, another film that reportedly is a fan of pedophiles. I think Hollywood filmmakers have a social responsibility to deal with the topic of teen (and pre-teen) girls as the object of adult male affection in a more thoughtful manner.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2013
    Beautiful Girls screenplay deals with youth transition into adulthood, where it tells the story of a 'lost' late 20's guy who came back to his hometown to attend his high school reunion. The movie depicts a close-knitted friendship, small town's vibe and the rough transition every adults came through with finding love and whatnot. Although not a perfect-solid casts, Timothy Hutton and Natalie Portman without a doubt shines in this one. Loved Rossie O'donnell and Uma Thurman too, but the rest of'em kinda tanked in their 90's cliche and wooden acting bit. Not a bad one but definitely didn't exceed my expectation. 6.2/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2012
    This would qualify for my teen angst movies, except it is 20's angst. Six small-town guys are in town for a school reunion, and all are in various crossroads. Do I get married? Do I continue my affair? What about my job? The only thing wrong with the movie is that in one short weekend, they mostly figure out what they want to do with their lives. If only life was so easy.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2011
    The first time I saw this movie, I LOVED IT. The second time, I thought it was just okay, maybe even a little below okay. Perhaps, due to the lack of subtitles on this particular disc I now own, I couldn't READ the movie while viewing it, so I noticed that a few performances didn't capture the gravitas of the screenplay. I remember loving Paul's slam poetry ode to supermodels (how "they're bottled promise...hope dancing in stiletto heels" and how that's as good as love), but something in Michael Rapaport's faux-gangsta posture and gait seems stilted, as if he wasn't completely sold on his character's near sociopathic rant of genius. I also remember loving Willie's meditation on thirteen-year-old Marty (how she will blossom into awesomeness in ten years and that he'd wait for her), but the cinematography is too staid and the effect of the moving monologue whispers pedophilia before it whispers, say...imprinting (ala Twilight werewolves). I also also remember loving Mo's raving, nonsensical battle cry, "YOU FUCK WITH ME, YOU FUCK WITH YOU! YOU GO TO THE FOUNTAIN, YOU DRINK? YOU DON'T DRINK!" but the loud audio makes it difficult to hear actual words. All in all, a damn shame cuz the coming-of-middle-age story is quite beautiful, and the young Natalie Portman as Marty is indeed precocious and magnetic.
    Alice S Super Reviewer

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