Beautiful Boy Reviews

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December 21, 2018
It may not have the hyperbolic emotional blow-ups that usually characterize the genre, but it's just as emotionally manipulative....
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
December 16, 2018
Beautiful Boy also misses the opportunity to expand on the roles of the women in David's life during this time.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
December 19, 2018
Homelessness isn't Timothée Chalamet draped handsomely across a diner; it's contemptuous glances and shame.
January 12, 2019
Beautiful Boy unfortunately falls victim to the Hollywood machine's sterility, leaning on artistic embellishments to make its case without making a strong case for those embellishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
January 29, 2019
A manipulative melodrama full of low blows. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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