The Beautiful Life : Season 1

  • Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 16, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  1. 70
    The Beautiful Life, in short, is hopelessly trashy melodrama about hopelessly trashy people. But Paxton, as a tougher-than-she-looks kid with a dark past, and Hollingsworth, as a callow Iowa farmboy trying to make it in the big city, are so unexpectedly affecting that you may find yourself sucked into the show against your will.
  2. 63
    Most of the characters are about as distinctive as mannequins. You won't mind, though, because they're awfully nice to look at. But the disgraced supermodel is played by Mischa Barton, and this is where the show may achieve inadvertent poignancy.
  3. The series is not so different from, or significantly worse--or better--than the network's other two season premieres, "Melrose Place" and "The Vampire Diaries," which also affix stock characters, played mostly by good-looking young folk, to standard plot lines sexed up with pop songs and different flavors of visual glamour. Because they do not aim particularly high, they pretty much hit what they aim at.
  4. 50
    It may lack Melrose Place's flashy production values and trashy pedigree, but it makes up for that by being marginally better written, though admittedly, we're not talking about a particularly high bar here.
  5. For all its well-designed moves, TBL is made of some pretty chintzy material.
  6. The Beautiful Life is designed to fit alongside CW anchors like "90210," except that even by those standards, it's pretty predictable and stilted.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The cast and writing (the showrunner is Mike Kelley, coming off CBS' vastly superior "Swingtown") are efficient enough, but nothing really pops--other than perhaps the desire to run out and eat a nice, heavy, carbo-laden meal.
  8. 40
    The pilot is clearly half-baked. Whether that’s due to Barton or deeper creative problems is unclear.
  9. A model-thin depiction of the glamorous and not-so-glamorous lives of fashion mannequins that was co-created by Ashton Kutcher.
  10. “Inside the Mind of Mischa Barton” would have been a much better bet than The Beautiful Life.
  11. Laughable plot, wooden dialogue, cutout characters; stupid title appendage to make it more textable; usual cynical CW glorification of teen sexuality and substance abuse; mediocre acting.
  12. 25
    It keeps the proud tradition alive with dialogue so bad, it'll make you laugh out loud; acting so shallow, it could make a model look brainy; and actors so unbelievable, they can't even get the runway stomp right.
  13. Speaking from outside the target demo but from long-suffering experience watching bad television, go with "unwatchable."
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Daniel
    Dec 22, 2009
    This show is very well put together. It obviously failed due to poor advertisement and not because there was anything wrong with it.
  2. ReneeS.
    Dec 22, 2009
    Come on People... Critics are so old seriously. Should CW care what the critics say who look for absolute perfection or the rest of the world Come on People... Critics are so old seriously. Should CW care what the critics say who look for absolute perfection or the rest of the world who actually enjoy it. Full Review »
  3. Shays
    Oct 2, 2009
    Well here are some sad news... This show got canceled after ONLY 2 EPISODES... the good news... One Three Hill is next .