Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 67
    With beauty and talent to spare, Portman is something to behold: It's as if Elizabeth Taylor and Jodie Foster were somehow genetically melded at an early age. She's definitely a beautiful girl to watch for.
  2. 88
    The movie was directed by Ted Demme, with a light touch that allows the humor to survive in spite of the gloomy thoughts and the bleak, dark, frozen winter landscape.
  3. Reviewed by: Darren Bignell
    The film really succeeds with its warm treatment of ordinary hang-ups - no life-shattering revelations or pain repressed since childhood, just the genuine, everyday trials of life.
  4. Directed, with overfondness for the goofy ways of guys, by Ted Demme and written, with overfondness for the sound of guys pontificating about nothing, by Scott Rosenberg.
  5. Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    Beautiful Girls follows the boys as they work their way through these crises, and it's about as much fun as a neighborhood bar on a Tuesday night. Its crisis: not much happening.
  6. 50
    Despite its name, Beautiful Girls is actually about a group of irritating, twenty-something males whose adolescent attitudes have remained with them well into adulthood.
  7. 75
    What saves director Ted Demme's comic talkfest from sitcom slickness is a quirky script by Scott Rosenberg and an appealing cast.
  8. Forget Beautiful Girls. The title ought to be "Jerky, Messed- Up Dudes With Nowhere to Go"
  9. Something in Hutton's wounded puppy look always communicates an untapped intelligence or wasted potential, both of which are perfect for this role.
  10. Has warmth and good cheer. The film is loosely focused, but its ensemble cast is as affable as anything on television these days.
  11. Reviewed by: Sara Kerr
    It's too long by half an hour, and the director, Ted Demme, can't hold onto a rhythm, but the actors are uniformly sharp, and so are the actresses.
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Beautiful Girls is always in touch with reality but never drowned in it. [19 February 1996, p.64]
  13. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Wavers between being condescending and downright preposterous, but there are redeeming moments.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Easy to tumble for. [9 February 1996, p.D4]
  15. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A great title in search of a movie to live up to it, this startlingly uneventful compendium of thick-headed boy-talk and female tolerance squanders a fine cast on incredibly ordinary characters and situations.
  16. 80
    Tender, touching and downright delightful.
  17. The movie is wry, touching and fun to sit through, thanks to Rosenberg's amusing script, Ted Demme's vital direction and zesty performances from everyone.

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