Beautiful Boy Reviews

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December 12, 2018
Heavy-handed and didactic in places, yet propped up by splendid performances from Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 11, 2018
Beautiful Boy is not an effective film, but director Felix Van Groeningen skillfully captures the complications of drug addiction and its associated rehabilitation. [Full review in Spanish]
December 7, 2018
Tears will flow in this utterly heart-breaking picture of a struggling drug addict and his family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 7, 2018
The story might be uplifting but the film itself is a bit of a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 5, 2018
Beautiful Boy is distracted from the very problem it hopes to expose... [The filmmakers] insist on depicting the contemporary crisis as a sun-dappled disturbance of otherwise swanky American complaisance.
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
November 28, 2018
The eclectic soundtrack (everything from the hippie-days prog band Pavlov's Dog to Gorecki) adds to the movie's formlessness rather than defining it.
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
November 21, 2018
Timothée Chalamet delivers a superb performance. The film covers territory usually skipped in most drug addiction films primarily the family's struggle to help.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 21, 2018
Gives Steve Carell the opportunity to do some fine dramatic work as a loving father experiencing the multiple heartbreaks of parenthood.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 20, 2018
As an actor, Chalamet is well-matched with Steve Carell, who vacillates from understanding to worried.
November 19, 2018
The worst kind of grueling messagey Oscarbait.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 17, 2018
Standout performances by Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carrell elevate this important drama about a family coping with the effects of crystal meth addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 14, 2018
Both actors do powerful, subtle work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 9, 2018
Even with Chalamet's brilliance, the film grows muted by its own depressing miasma.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
November 9, 2018
... has honest intentions about communicating the dangers of addiction in intimate detail, and conveying the frustration and hopelessness that goes with recovery. Still, in this case, the powerful message takes on a predictable repetition.
November 9, 2018
Beautiful Boy is well-acted and handles a sensitive topic with the care it deserves, yet ends up being an 'important' film more than a well-made one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2018
The superb acting overshadows the story and its execution. Carell and Chalamet are fantastic together. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2018
Carrell and Chalamet Shine in Flawed "Boy."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
November 8, 2018
Plays out like nearly every other story of drug addiction, with a repetitive sobriety-and-relapse structure that ceases to be illuminating after the second time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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