The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.