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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Blazing performance will burn in your memory. Same goes for the film. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Not an entertainment but an experience. And a kind of cinematic sensitivity training. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Actors are left with too much time to play emotional symphonies, while inevitably having to hit too many required notes. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Directing from the nonjudgmental script he wrote with Michael Armbruster, Ku's assured, unadorned documentary style allows his leads ample breathing room to inhabit their devastated characters. show more

  • 80
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Ultimately, the effort, however rough in patches, is to be admired. We need our best minds on this subject, in all arenas, and Beautiful Boy is another jagged, early piece in a puzzle whose borders haven't formed yet. show more

  • 85
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    Beautiful Boy is the antithesis of melodrama. Painfully perceptive and relentlessly raw, this intimate observation of a couple in extremis plays out with such subdued intensity that, by the end, audiences will very likely feel as wrung out as its embattled stars. show more

  • 88
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Too bleak and wrenching to recommend unconditionally. You need a strong constitution to watch it soberly, but it is a gripping experience that left me weak in the knees. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A film like this can end honestly in only one way, and Ku is true to it. Life will go on, one baffling day after another. There can be no release, only a gradual deadening. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A grim, thought-provoking drama. It aims to be both heartbreaking and (in an odd way) inspirational, although the former is more convincingly conveyed than the latter. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    If the key performances in Beautiful Boy were any less honest, the film's half-formed suppositions would undo it utterly. show more

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