Beautiful Boy Reviews

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November 27, 2018
Beautiful Boy is an ambitious film, one that hopes to make known the exhausting heartbreak of addiction. Unfortunately, it ends up simply exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2018
Beautiful Boy isn't a bad movie, but it's not a particularly good one either. The film has garnered goodwill...because it is a male-fronted tearjerker, but this is more of a testament to the quality of the acting than to the film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 11, 2018
Stellar performances have difficulty breaking through the excruciatingly glum cycle of addiction, recovery and relapse.
October 19, 2018
An overly worthy and Oscar-bothering piece,
Full Review | Original Score: 10/20
October 1, 2018
Carell's and Chalamet's performances are to be admired for sure; the rest of "Beautiful Boy," not so much.
October 10, 2018
We can find what's real among its mess, but the film doesn't lead us there.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 12, 2018
Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet are the backbone of a broken narrative.
October 12, 2018
Beautiful Boy crescendos when Nic and David interact. It's a story about addiction, yes, but also about learning to let go of your children, for better or for worse. It's not exactly an enjoyable film to watch, but perhaps it shouldn't be.
October 16, 2018
Beautiful Boy doesn't effectively show us the damaging truth of addiction, often feeling like we're seeing a sanitised, easily consumable mainstream product.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 18, 2018
This over-produced, Hollywoodish film fails miserably at bringing their harsh reality to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 26, 2018
The overwrought performances of the two men at its centre make Beautiful Boy feel rote and recycled, curiously cold.
September 25, 2018
As mediocre as it is sensational and predictable. [Full review in Spanish]
September 7, 2018
For a movie with considerable talents involved, "Beautiful Boy" lacks the dramatic sparks needed to get us invested in its story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 29, 2018
Beautiful Boy is an attractive and always-watchable film. But considering the ugliness of its subject matter, I'm not sure that's a recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 9, 2018
There have simply been too many films about the repetitive cycle of addiction for me to invest in Nic beyond his place on David's journey.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 11, 2018
Van Groeningen has delivered too safe a movie, which fights against two terrific actors bravely baring their souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 16, 2018
Beautiful Boy relies on and exploits a toxic cultural shorthand that makes it read as a dirge for white innocence, dragging its otherwise clear-eyed portrayal of the cyclical nature of addiction down into something more base and contemptible.
October 23, 2018
Considering that Beautiful Boy is based on a true story, the final results feel like a slap across the face of anyone trying to cope with similarly delicate and fraught feelings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
October 5, 2018
With all its qualities, many of them contributed by the cast, Beautiful Boy does not manage to save this ditch and at times seems luminous to the song of condescension. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 14, 2018
All the wrong decisions end up smothering strong performances from Steve Carell and, to a lesser extent, Timothée Chalamet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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