Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 28
  2. Negative: 19 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. In the end, dark comedy drives the film, but it's overwhelmed by a desire to be liked, really liked.
  2. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    Generally engaging.
  3. Sally Field has actually made a likeable movie.
  4. This film's wise and compassionate view is that, for many young women of limited opportunities, winning a beauty contest represents their best hope.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    You don't quite believe that a smart woman would spend so much time on such a dumb mission.
  6. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Unfortunately, whenever Beautiful threatens to work as parody, it veers uncomfortably into pop psychology.
  7. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Desmond Ryan
    To do this kind of satire successfully, you need the kind of merciless and unrelenting wit of films such as Gus Van Sant's "To Die For" or John Huston's "Prizzi's Honor."
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Beautiful is a mess, but not without interest.
  9. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Burdened with so many poky scenes that it approaches the level of the distributor's "Drowning Mona" and "Whipped," both candidates for the year's worst.
  10. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    SORRY, SALLY. I didn't like it. I really didn't like it.
  11. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Rarely does a movie go so thoroughly wrong in so many ways.
  12. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The tame, confused script eventually sinks the film, although Field shows skill directing actors.
  13. Not one female character escapes mockery or patronizing.
  14. 30
    Sally Field's direction is pedestrian, though she does manage to get winning performances out of Driver and Eisenberg.
  15. (Driver) is stuck in a mess of a movie that suffers from awkward writing, a plot with major disconnects in plausibility, an annoyingly screechy kid character and cheesy production values.
  16. 25
    It's a movie with so many inconsistencies, improbabilities, unanswered questions and unfinished characters that we have to suspend not only disbelief but also intelligence.
  17. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Sara Wildberger
    The trouble starts with the script, and it doesn't end there.
  18. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    Spends its first three-quarters confronting us with one of the most dislikable characters in recent memory.
  19. About the only plausible element in the entire movie is bratty Vanessa's loathing of "Aunt" Mona, whom she sees as a vacuous over-reacher.
  20. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    Beautiful it ain't, but it is kind of cute.
  21. 20
    Made with the slick, shorthand complacency of a TV movie, Beautiful is so overstuffed with contrivance, you can hardly breathe.
  22. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    There's no particular reason to see this disappointingly trivial picture on the bigscreen.
  23. A tone-deaf dramedy whose need to please is a pain in the neck.
  24. Teeters from a noisy sitcom (only one step removed from "The Beverly Hillbillies") to brickbat satire until it collapses in a pool of redemptive mush.
  25. It manages to find an almost pitch-perfect accumulation of ill-matched tones, sheer grotesquerie, near-heroic absurdity and self-canceling folly.
  26. Insufferably cloying experience.
  27. 0
    Surpassing Dan Aykroyd's "Nothing but Trouble" as the most astoundingly atrocious walrus-flop of a directorial debut by a languishing actor ever contrived, Sally Field's Beautiful.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. BobH.
    Apr 2, 2006
    Minnie Driver as a Miss America contestant? Be serious...maybe as a dog show contestant.