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Beautiful Girls Reviews

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Nick Rogers
January 29, 2016
Does "Beautiful Girls" philosophically aspire to much more than mirroring a Counting Crows lyric from "Mr. Jones?" Maybe not. But there's a barroom eloquence, bottle-bottomed anxiety and stumblebum sadness to it that lingers in its bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Darren Bignell
Empire Magazine
August 20, 2010
This film really succeeds with its warm treatment of ordinary hang-ups -- no life-shattering revelations or pain repressed since childhood, just the genuine, everyday trials of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
November 27, 2009
Beautiful Girls is always in touch with reality but never drowned in it.

TV Guide
November 27, 2009
Natalie Portman, as a 13-year-old on whom Hutton develops a strangely affecting crush, is a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

November 27, 2009
Demme's conversational film is about the gaping chasm between what men say and what they feel. It may not tell us anything new, but its eloquence is quietly rewarding.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Natalie Portman steals all the scenes with Timothy Hutton and lights up the movie...
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Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
This startlingly uneventful compendium of thick-headed boy-talk and female tolerance squanders a fine cast on incredibly ordinary characters and situations.
Emanuel Levy
April 4, 2006
Ted Demme's coming of age tale is about guys in their 20s who refuse or are unable to mature, which might explain why the most captivating relationship is between Timothy Hutton and the 13-year-old Natalie Portman.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Women may be unimpressed, but men will squirm with recognition.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 2, 2004
A film about relationships and growing older that's funny and smart.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 13, 2004
Not a whole lot goes on, but what does go on is engaging enough to merit a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 17, 2003
Wise and clever, a refreshingly different take on gender relations.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 18, 2002
Hits the spot with its wry observations on sexual politics.
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 25, 2002
With only a few lapses, Scott Rosenberg's script is so good it outshines his much-praised Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It's the women who break the monotony of this dudes-in-flux saga...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
The dialogue isn't the only problem with Beautiful Girls. The characters are bad, too.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Portman, a budding knockout, is scene-stealingly good even in an overly showy role.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Borrowing heavily from other, better films, director Ted Demme and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg give each of their male protagonists a case of commitment angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What's nicest about the film is the way it treasures the good feelings people can have for one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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