Beautiful Boy

critic Reviews

69% Fresh Tomatometer Score69%
  • Beautiful Boy sees Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell delivering showcase work that's often powerful enough to make up for the story's muted emotional impact.
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    Rhys TarlingIsolated Nation
    There are some gut-wrenching emotional truths in Beautiful Boy that elevate it beyond a prestige after-school special.
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    Rosalynn Try-HaneLiquid Marmalade
    A Beautiful Boy is a must see.
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    Linda and Al LernerMovies and Shakers
    Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet's performances are raw, honest and unflinching.
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    Karl DelossantosSmash Cut Reviews
    Beautiful Boy has a story worth telling, but the way it's told doesn't do justice to its subjects as it avoids the real pain of addiction.
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    Allison RoseFlickDirect
    The film manages to accentuate the devastation addiction brings on the whole family while also highlighting the big problem this country faces.
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    Andiee PaviourNobody's Reading This But Me
    Drug addiction, surely among the most frightening and bewildering of ties that bind, is the elephant eating the room alive in Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen's artful, uncomfortable film.
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    Lisa TrifoneThird Coast Review
    Aware of the potential for agony here, Groeningen is careful to imbue the difficult narrative with light and air in moments that warrant it... They're brief reprieves from anguish, and we feel them-and need them-just as assuredly as Nic does.
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    Jason EscamillaEskimoTV
    Extremely informative drama about drug abuse that I think most audiences will be positively engaged with if they can stomach the heartbreaking circumstances in the film.
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    Andrew KendallStabroek News
    For all the warmth Timothee Chalamet tries to imbue in the character, Nic is not someone we ever truly understand, so the film never feels as incisive as it wants to.
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    Rob AldamBackseat Mafia
    Just about stay on the right side of worthy.
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