Collateral Beauty

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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 (179) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (154)

  • All's well that ends well in a film which seems to have sucked all the wisdom it could from the sentimental cognition of a get-well-soon Hallmark card.

    October 3, 2019 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The story makes you think and reassess your goals and values while taking you on an emotional journey with Will Smith.

    September 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Collateral Beauty is the worst kind of artificial tear jerker that isn't secure in its own message so it decides to beat the viewer over the head with its message.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Collateral Beauty plays like a parody of Oscar bait, with overwrought one-note performances wrapped around an earnest, yet stupid central narrative.

    February 13, 2019 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • Collateral Beauty is the worst kind of pandering pap. It is garbage psycho-babble masquerading as pop-philosophy, set in a Pottery Barn.

    December 7, 2018 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Will Smith delivers a great performance along with Jacob Latimore and Helen Mirren. My only issue with this film is there were too many A-list actors and it seemed everyone was fighting for attention.

    November 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 27, 2017
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    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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