Biutiful - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Biutiful Reviews

Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 11, 2011
Iñárritu has a delicate yet searing sense of intimacy, which cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures with hand-held determination.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 11, 2011
Watch Bardem here -- his eyes speak heart-rending volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 10, 2011
With the exception of an otherworldly prologue that remains mysterious well into the film, Biutiful is an unusually linear feature for Iñárritu, but no less involving or challenging than his previous works Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 4, 2011
When life is less inviting than death, the eye of the beholder is inclined to look away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
February 4, 2011
An overloaded agony parade of a film that's such a grim march to devastation that it should be hard to watch. And, OK, it is. But with Bardem at its center, it's like watching a lush train wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 3, 2011
Despite a commanding, Oscar-nominated performance by the always-interesting Javier Bardem, there's a quality of manufactured misery to "Biutiful"...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 3, 2011
[Bardem] draws from a deep, deep well of love, pain, and who-knows-what-else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 3, 2011
"Biutiful" is devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Dana Stevens
Slate
February 3, 2011
It's the kind of film that congratulates the viewer on her tolerance for the spectacle of unrelieved misery.
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 2, 2011
Bardem's performance makes it not just bearable but rich and compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 31, 2011
The movie's mood might well have proved unendurable were it not for the proud and sympathetic presence of Bardem.
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 29, 2011
Iñárritu is far from untalented -- Amores Perros had sequences as powerful as anything in the films of Luis Bunuel -- but misery has become his shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 28, 2011
Javier Bardem cuts a tragic figure as a dying Barcelona lowlife who traffics in illegal immigrants and communes with the dead.
Top Critic
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
January 28, 2011
Watching Bardem occupy, embrace and ultimately own a multifaceted role like the one he plays in "Biutiful" is a rare treat, and an absolute joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 27, 2011
What Iñárritu gives us is not a beautiful world or an amazing world. It is simply the world, and therefore, by definition, beautiful and amazing - and painful, awful and mysterious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 27, 2011
Boasts quality of acting and an overall intensity level that make up for a lot of narrative shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 27, 2011
Biutiful is a love story about the bonds of parenthood with pinpoints of redemptive light amid the darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
January 27, 2011
Biutiful blesses you with the opportunity to see soul exposed, courtesy of Bardem's performance...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 27, 2011
Iñárritu wants to run us ragged - physically, spiritually, emotionally, it's all the same to him. And he'll empty his complete cinematic arsenal to do so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 27, 2011
Rarely has an actor anchored a wobbly movie so confidently as Bardem does here. He displays an astonishing range of emotions, from love to anger to shock and horror, with a conviction that is something close to awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 27, 2011
What drew me into the film and engaged my sympathy was the presence of Bardem himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2011
Iñárritu's film won't work for everyone. Yet, it offers consolation that, in a world of numbing, overwhelming anguish, human feeling is still possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
December 29, 2010
The high level of craft can't sustain the movie as its script (written by Inarritu with Armando Bo and Nicolas Giacobone) becomes increasingly hectoring.
Top Critic
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
December 29, 2010
Biutiful is even more morbidly obese than Babel in terms of soggy ideas, elephantine with miserabilist humanism and redemption jibber-jabber.
Top Critic
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
December 29, 2010
Inarritu is as visually talented as any filmmaker working today, and Biutiful (which was shot by Rodrigo Prieto) is relentlessly detailed. But it's also leaden and contrived.
Top Critic
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 29, 2010
Looking for a dark and depressing movie for the holidays? You'll find it in Biutiful, the riveting work of two talented Spaniards: director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and actor Javier Bardem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 29, 2010
Its portrait of a man with nothing who must deal with the end of everything while trying to safeguard his children has moments of power and poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2010
[It] ultimately gives us a story of hope, and from Bardem, a performance of staggering depth, unquestionably one of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 29, 2010
It would be impossible to list the Oscar-worthy performances of 2010 without highlighting Javier Bardem in Biutiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 29, 2010
From one scene to the next, as is his custom, Mr. Gonzalez Inarritu creates a feeling of raw, sprawling intimacy.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 28, 2010
In spite of fine work from Bardem and Álvarez, Biutiful is an irritating, oppressive 150-minute dirge, not the step forward Iñárritu's dissolved partnership with Arriaga seemed to promise.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 23, 2010
Soulful, tragic and made with loving care. But it's also so gloomy that you're not sure who to recommend it to.
Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
December 22, 2010
Biutiful is not a tragedy. It's a straight-up travesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
An impressionistic, poignant portrait of a man on the fringes of Barcelona, forced to relinquish earthly things before his time.
Top Critic
Justin Chang
Variety
July 6, 2010
Its scant emotional rewards can't shake off the sense of a prodigiously gifted filmmaker stuck in a grim rut.