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Biutiful Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
The Bataan Death March of art-directed miserablim. And to what end?
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
July 24, 2013
The film is beautifully photographed and incredibly effective. Holding it all together is a brilliant central performance by Javier Bardem.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
This bloated drama is redeemed by its focus of a man caught between two distinctive and memorable worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 22, 2013
Ugliness as "art."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Bardem and Iñárritu draw you in to a story that says so much about not only its individual characters but also of life, exile, love, family and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Aaron Yap
June 21, 2011
Unwatchable without Javier Bardem's affecting, devastatingly committed performance, Biutiful plunges the viewer into a shapeless, sprawling character study that functions as nothing less than a punishing reminder of how rotten the universe can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
June 16, 2011
Even though this movie piles it on, I can see its positive values and the potential it would have to reach the hearts of its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 26, 2011
Bardem faultless, Inarritu not so much
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
May 24, 2011
Excellent performance by Javier Bardem lifts a movie that often drags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
April 11, 2011
Biutiful is an exploration of fatherhood, guilt, culpability and mortality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
It's The Human Centipede for people who think they're too fancy for The Human Centipede.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 3, 2011
Strikes a wrong chord.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
March 31, 2011
Javier Bardem was Oscar-nominated for his performance and the film got a nod for best foreign-language film, but don't let that fool you; it's a stodgy, self-important slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 24, 2011
The fleeting line between life and death is explored in Biutiful, a well acted yet depressing portrayal of a man in purgatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Weaving
March 23, 2011
This cinematic journey of one man along the boundaries of life and death is an extraordinary work of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 23, 2011
The film, whatever its intentions, winds up just being deeply depressing and, at nearly 2 1/2 hours, it's a very long slog indeed to the finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
March 23, 2011
What a film! Javier Bardem has always been impressive and convincing, but he's never been better than this.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 21, 2011
The film seems ponderous, weighed down and elongated by an overactive poetic sensibility
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 21, 2011
A towering performance from Javier Bardem is the leading light in this poetic tragedy from director Alejandro González Iñárritu in which a man finds redemption in the quagmire of his life
Alice Tynan
The Vine
March 17, 2011
Simultaneously intensely personal and profoundly universal, Biutiful shows there can be grace, and yes, even beauty in death.
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