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  • Summary: Parents in a rocky marriage are hit with the shocking news that their eighteen-year-old son has committed a mass shooting at his college before taking his own life. Separated from the rest of the world by this incomprehensible act, they find their marital troubles gradually taking a back seat to the traumatic situation thrust upon them.(Goldrush Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jun 2, 2011
    91
    Like its fellow crowd-depressor "Blue Valentine," Beautiful Boy offers the antithesis of escapism: a claustrophobic, punishingly intense, beautifully measured exploration of the depths of human despair.
  2. Reviewed by: Wade Major
    Jun 7, 2011
    80
    Beautiful Boy is a discerning film lover's off-season tonic, regardless of where, when or how it's seen. What matters most is simply that it be seen.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 2, 2011
    75
    A grim, thought-provoking drama. It aims to be both heartbreaking and (in an odd way) inspirational, although the former is more convincingly conveyed than the latter.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    May 29, 2011
    70
    Although it's very much a contemporary yarn, there's a distinctly '70s feel to much of Beautiful Boy.
  5. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Jun 9, 2011
    63
    Not an entertainment but an experience. And a kind of cinematic sensitivity training.
  6. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jun 16, 2011
    50
    The whole project labours towards an importance it never earns. In Beautiful Boy, the themes are vast but the picture is small, and the ensuing emptiness is what the characters are meant to feel – not us.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 3, 2011
    38
    Beautiful Boy ends up being an endurance test.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    7
    Its not a terrible film but it failed to capitalize on it's potential. The cast is good, Sheen is amazing and Bello is good as well. Its just the story never goes any where. There is no real confrontation with the outside and I think that's what sort of brought the film down a bit. Its still solid though and imo it's worth at least checking out. Expand
  2. Nov 27, 2011
    6
    Aside from the good acting by the leads in this film, The entire film is boring and lacks that emotional connection that should have been there. Its a poor job by the director for not making this film more real then what it should have been. Also I hated how the director was literally up close and personal in every shot. Collapse

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