The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

critic Reviews

, 81% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Jo LivingstoneThe New Republic
    Andrésen has spent a long time without the language to express what he went through. The Most Beautiful Boy in the World explores and honors that trauma in equal measure, and documents a troubling moment in the history of sexuality in popular culture.
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    Gary GoldsteinLos Angeles Times
    The result is a cinematic curio in search of a more conclusive theme and emotional payoff.
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    Frank ScheckHollywood Reporter
    The Most Beautiful Boy in the World provides a haunting portrait of the corrosive effects of fame, especially of the sexualized variety, at an early age. But there are times when the film feels exploitative of its subject...
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    Glenn KennyNew York Times
    Andresen's determination to rise above misfortune, and his hopes for himself, make this movie less than a total tragedy. But it's an often shudder-inducing cautionary tale.
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    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
    The documentary explores the fleeting nature of fame and youth, the subjective obsession of beauty and the folly of infatuation.
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    Sophie Monks KaufmanEmpire Magazine
    This documentary has value as a damning account of the film-world's treatment of a child actor, yet as a piece of art and a personal portrait, its vagueness creates unease.
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    Anne BrodieWhat She Said
    [Björn Andrésen] reveals lifelong and unimaginable struggles in this sensitively made film.
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    Frank SwietekOne Guy's Opinion
    While the film is engrossing, it's also disquieting, in that it's a tale of the results of child exploitation that itself can seem exploitative of the man the child has become.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    Pretentious and rather humorless, The Most Beautiful Boy has that quality of voyeurism a documentary acquires when it seems to be exploiting a subject's apparent misery without really providing insight into it.
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    Brent SimonShockya.com
    A delicate, artful and heartrending film which speaks across time to the tragic nature of innocence taken too soon.
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