Collateral Beauty

Critics Consensus

Well-meaning but fundamentally flawed, Collateral Beauty aims for uplift but collapses in unintentional hilarity.



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When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it's not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

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Critic Reviews for Collateral Beauty

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (153)

  • Why did it get made? And how much did its gifted cast of big names have to be paid to enable them to suspend disbelief and commit themselves to such a concentrated dose of drivel?

    Jan 20, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Collateral Beauty sets a record: it is probably the worst movie each of these fine actors will ever do.

    Jan 11, 2017 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • However glorious the cast, almost nothing can rescue a Christmas cancer movie, or certainly not one this tonally deaf.

    Dec 22, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Beyond the psychotic awfulness of the scenario, there is something inherently off about the film's attempt to reconcile the existential topic of grief with the more materialistic world of business affairs.

    Dec 21, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's transparently cynical, with no apparent endgame in mind other than simple profit. That it's able to waste such a fleet of capable actors and such elegant cinematography in the process is its main achievement.

    Dec 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The failure of "Collateral Beauty" is all the more grievous for the waste of its superb actors.

    Dec 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Collateral Beauty

  • Jul 27, 2017
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2017
    A touching, yet somewhat confusing character drama, Collateral Beauty is a compelling film about love and reconciliation. To save their firm from collapsing three managers collaborate to hire a group of actors to play Death, Time, and Love, and confront their dysfunctional CEO who is grief stricken from the death of his daughter and has written to them out of desperation. Starring Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Pena, and Keira Knightley, the film features an incredibly strong cast; however their performances are pretty middling. And there are a few plot holes and reveals that don't quite make sense. Still, the story takes some interesting turns and plays against conventional stereotypes. While it's not as clever as it thinks it is, Collateral Beauty is an entertaining and heartfelt film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2017
    Everyone shows up to work on this floundered hope of a film ( ironically meant to foster hope ), that actually fails from the very beginning, from the first moments of film, to hide that everyone is in fact clock-watching until it's time to go home. Only Norton even appears to be trying.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2016
    Even though the premise is a little too far fetched I dud enjoy this. It was a pretty good performance from Will Smith but Helen Mirren was superb, as always.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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