Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. There's a bravura recklessness to Beautiful People that perfectly fits its subject.
  2. 90
    Fierce, funny and vividly moving.
  3. Is, in the end, a boisterous love song -- a funny valentine to London, to chaos and to human decency.
  4. Lives up to its ambitiousness in all its aspects.
  5. 90
    It seems like a more witty, wise, and succinct "Magnolia."
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    The best movie of this very young millennium.
  7. 89
    It's an audacious, affecting, and unexpectedly hilarious debut, and most definitely the most original film I've seen all year.
  8. 88
    Though frequently brutal and off-putting, Beautiful People is a must-see.
  9. If dissonance is your dish, you'll find Beautiful People tempting indeed.
  10. Deftly delivered and free of gratuitous gloss, yet enormously rich in its unassuming manner.
  11. 80
    Dizdar maintains a knife-edged balance in tone throughout the film
  12. The movie's devil-may-care freneticism is edgily amusing, almost liberating.
  13. 80
    Dizdar inventively examines bigotry, combining daring humor and hyperbole, dark realism and shining idealism.
  14. 75
    Often grim, but never nihilistic: Even at its darkest, Dizdar gives the movie an optimistic bounce. The movie is often shockingly funny, too.
  15. 75
    It is fairly lighthearted, under the circumstances; like "Catch-22," it enjoys the paradoxes that occur when you try to apply logic to war.
  16. Dizdar humorously compares and contrasts extremes in economics and lifestyles and looks at the west through the eyes of an outsider.
  17. When Dizdar hits, he hits big.
  18. Behind the inspired wackiness is a story about how our warlike nature needs some changing before we can all live in relative harmony.
  19. Reviewed by: Graham Fuller
    More whimsical than gloomy, for all the horrors it alludes to or depicts.
  20. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's a spirited and essentially optimistic film, but it's also simplistic.
  21. Inside Beautiful People, . . . there's a terrific film trying to get out.
  22. 50
    Equal parts soap drama and ham-fisted morality tale.
  23. For a bighearted effort like this one, some patience on the audience's part is not too much to ask. Go ahead. Take a chance.

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