Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
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  1. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Dec 30, 2010
    90
    Biutiful has a strong, linear narrative drive. Nevertheless, and most of all, it's a gorgeous, melancholy tone poem about love, fatherhood and guilt.
  2. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Dec 22, 2010
    90
    Biutiful, which gets it name from a child's misspelling of the word, is in itself a beautiful, mesmerizing film and Iñárritu's masterpiece.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 3, 2011
    88
    Biutiful is strong stuff, it will leave you shaken. There's poetry here, and catastrophe.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jan 27, 2011
    88
    Bardem's soulful turn lends this haunting meditation a sense of hope and saves it from the contrived missteps it teeters toward.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 27, 2011
    80
    It's Bardem's portrayal of his search for those answers that drives Biutiful forward.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Male
    Jan 24, 2011
    80
    Iñárritu has made a modern classical tragedy and, in Javier Bardem, he has found his first authentic hero; a character caught up in an intricate web of events he cannot extricate himself from.
  7. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jan 28, 2011
    78
    As much as Bardem is an expressive instrument for parlaying Iñárritu's somber worldview, so too is cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, whose stunning compositions find the poetry amid the sorrow.
  8. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Feb 11, 2011
    75
    In this vast balloon of a film, Bardem is the ballast – that Manichean face is a movie onto itself.
  9. Reviewed by: Sean O'Connell
    Jan 28, 2011
    75
    Biutiful soars to its highest points once it shifts its focus away from death to ask us how we are choosing to live our lives.
  10. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jan 27, 2011
    75
    Biutiful exists, at its best and beautifully, in that space that's hard to define, between the outside and the interior, action and thought, body and soul.
  11. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 26, 2011
    75
    Surely few actors have faces that project sorrow more completely than Bardem.
  12. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Dec 29, 2010
    75
    Set on the seamy side of Barcelona, Biutiful may not be a feel-good movie for this time of year, but it's well worth your time.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 29, 2010
    75
    Shot hand-held with a poet's eye by Rodrigo Prieto, the film is relentless but as riveting as the world a remarkable actor lets us see through Uxbal's eyes. Bravo, Bardem.
  14. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Dec 29, 2010
    70
    Nothing says "Awards Season" like feel-bad cinema, and with Biutiful, Iñárritu hauls out the big guns. He also, maddeningly, has one hell of a weapon in his star, Javier Bardem.
  15. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Dec 25, 2010
    70
    The hardest movies to review are the ones you respect and admire but don't love and also - and this is the crucial part - aren't angered by. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful is just that sort of film.
  16. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jan 27, 2011
    67
    Yet another, albeit sparer, Iñárritu gloom-fest.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 3, 2011
    63
    The saving grace of Biutiful is Bardem.
  18. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jan 27, 2011
    63
    The movie wails in pain. And it's that sort of grand empathy that makes Iñárritu both impossible to dismiss and impossible to live with.
  19. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jan 27, 2011
    63
    The movie is unwieldy and overstuffed with subplots - and, at 2 1/2 hours, probably too much misery and sorrow for most viewers.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Feb 27, 2011
    5
    The latest from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel") is bleak and tragic. Javier Bardem plays a man in the mean streets of BarcelonaThe latest from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel") is bleak and tragic. Javier Bardem plays a man in the mean streets of Barcelona who hustles to make money, struggles with his family and deals with his failing health. There's nothing warm or joyful here. Just hard times and dark drama. It's well-made, complex and distressing, but lacking the emotional power to make it involving. Full Review »
  2. Jan 30, 2011
    5
    How can talents such as Iñarritu and Del Toro plus Bardem's breathtaking performance amount to such a painful experience forHow can talents such as Iñarritu and Del Toro plus Bardem's breathtaking performance amount to such a painful experience for the viewer. Someone described this as 3 bad movies in 1. I cannot say that much, yet I strongly urge Iñarritu to reflect on what grasped us in Amores Perros or even Babel and make movies for us, not only for his viewing pleasure. Bring on the magic! @cinemaquote Full Review »
  3. Feb 12, 2012
    10
    The film is painful there's no doubt about about that but Inarritu's genius is it's ability to captivate, to grab on and not let go and toThe film is painful there's no doubt about about that but Inarritu's genius is it's ability to captivate, to grab on and not let go and to make you feel every moment of pain desperation. The cast is flawless, and Bardem is without a doubt, the single greatest actor that Spain has produced . Full Review »