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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 14 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Bardem's soulful turn lends this haunting meditation a sense of hope and saves it from the contrived missteps it teeters toward. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The safe course is to recommend the film, which seems pitilessly long at 147 minutes, only for the transcendent quality of Javier Bardem's performance. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Biutiful is strong stuff, it will leave you shaken. There's poetry here, and catastrophe. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Here, it's all Bardem, and this great actor's careworn face and sensitive presence counts for a lot. He ultimately can't save the soul of Biutiful, but he makes the journey easier. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Biutiful has a strong, linear narrative drive. Nevertheless, and most of all, it's a gorgeous, melancholy tone poem about love, fatherhood and guilt. show more

  • 50
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    However much Uxbal tries to help Barcelona's dispossessed, Biutiful doesn't really have anything to say about the modern world's economic migrants. Indeed, it could even be said that the movie exploits them. show more

  • 70
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Surely few actors have faces that project sorrow more completely than Bardem. show more

  • June 10, 2011 karynparis
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    How crtiics gave this movie three stars I don\'t get. Bardem is truly a gifted actor. You felt him in this movie. I was enthralled from beginning to end. Same crtics probably who gave Burlesque two stars. Thank god I do not listen to critics

  • April 07, 2011 rg00000000086043
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    Some found it hackneyed and unbelievable. Yeah, and? It made me all sniffly---not that that takes much.

  • March 24, 2011 graycatahoula
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    Movie was awesome

  • February 27, 2011 LATIN YEYO
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    think about all the issues that this movie touches and political views as well.

  • February 26, 2011 mermaidinlajolla
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    Great acting...Javier is FANTASTIC and gives a heartfelt performance. Although the movie is a little dark it is based in real life not fantasy and the depth of all characters draws you in and keeps you there. I liked it, my boyfriend didn't.

  • February 26, 2011 ernie0828
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    excellent performance by javier! no doubt he's a good actor. i won't be surprised if he wins best actor.

  • February 21, 2011 nanaz2000
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    a great movie! a must see!

  • February 19, 2011 Laury
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    I don't have a review. Your critics say it all - the film creates a grim reality but keeps veering back to the essential depth and caring of the father - plus the desire to give a "heritage" to his children .. I do have a silly question regarding the bodies washed ashore ... were these not the victims of the factory accident ? A friend saw them as symbols of smashed hopes of ever more immigrants seeking a better life here.

  • February 19, 2011 dchanny
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    This movie is long and a bit confusing in the beginning but it will come together. Foreign films always make you think about what is important in life, in this case family. You see what struggles are to people in the movie. I would rate it a 3.5 out of 5. Also this movie is in Spanish with English subtitles. It was also nice to see Javier work on this Spanish speaking film.

  • February 20, 2011 Pete
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    In answer to your question about the bodies.....Yes they were from the factory and they were supposed to be waited down to sink to the bottom of the ocean but whoever was to dispose of the bodies did not do that. That is why everybody got busted. But also they could be seen as a symbol of smashed hopes.


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