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Biutiful Reviews

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May 24, 2011
Excellent performance by Javier Bardem lifts a movie that often drags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
January 31, 2011
Biutiful is mushy and self-important and the subplots Inarritu adds to it only dilute the film further, while also pushing it's running time to a watery two and a half hours.
January 30, 2011
All that useless beauty and depth of emotion floats aimlessly in Iñárritu's needlessly over-complicated, self-consciously tricky narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.1/10
January 27, 2011
Gonzalez Inarritu spends two and a half hours torturing his protagonist, but by the end it's the audience that feels defeated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 4, 2011
The movie is so well assembled it almost fools you into thinking there's something profound beneath its surface, but there's no way to get under without going through.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 27, 2011
Am I the only one who sensed trouble when the painfully methodical spacing and timing of the opening titles suggested the heaviest, most medicinal tragedy of this or any other year?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 26, 2011
Iñárritu's fourth film is only kept from the verge of self-parody by Bardem's soulful, understated 
performance.
January 26, 2011
We need a break from Iñárritu's needlessly fractured, misery-and-mishap-laden parables of hectic modern life in a shrinking world full of desperate people.
February 4, 2011
On its way to profundity, Inarritu's film ends up getting tangled in its own histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 10, 2010
Bardem is superb, but this is a slog, lurching despite high-pressure editing and utterly oblivious to how the harsh-poetic compassion from Amores Perros has hardened into a rather gloating hunger for suffering.
February 4, 2011
All in all, it feels like director/co-screenwriter Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is daring us to say, "Uncle," and I was there within about 10 minutes.
January 31, 2011
Inarritu, not content to just lay it on thick, smothers his canvas with self-important gloom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 25, 2011
The film is almost too broken and painful for most audiences to be able to experience Uxbal's pain. It's all here, and laid on a bit too thick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 27, 2010
A punishingly contrived and deterministic saga.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 21, 2011
The film seems ponderous, weighed down and elongated by an overactive poetic sensibility
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
January 4, 2011
The film just doesn't come together, and all the well-meaning social criticism and award-winning emoting from Bardem can't change that fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.3/10
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
January 26, 2011
Picture spins about, hitting a few sublimely quivering beats of frustration and confession before it loses itself to pretension and trivial displays of surrealism. There's a remarkable film in here somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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