Beautiful Boy Reviews

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December 12, 2018
Heavy-handed and didactic in places, yet propped up by splendid performances from Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 11, 2018
Beautiful Boy is not an effective film, but director Felix Van Groeningen skillfully captures the complications of drug addiction and its associated rehabilitation. [Full review in Spanish]
December 7, 2018
Tears will flow in this utterly heart-breaking picture of a struggling drug addict and his family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 6, 2018
BEAUTIFUL BOY wrestles with a tough subject, yet the aesthetic compliments the material with an evocative style and the best performance duo this year.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 21, 2018
Timothée Chalamet delivers a superb performance. The film covers territory usually skipped in most drug addiction films primarily the family's struggle to help.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 21, 2018
Gives Steve Carell the opportunity to do some fine dramatic work as a loving father experiencing the multiple heartbreaks of parenthood.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 20, 2018
As an actor, Chalamet is well-matched with Steve Carell, who vacillates from understanding to worried.
November 17, 2018
Standout performances by Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carrell elevate this important drama about a family coping with the effects of crystal meth addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 14, 2018
Both actors do powerful, subtle work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 9, 2018
Even with Chalamet's brilliance, the film grows muted by its own depressing miasma.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
November 9, 2018
Beautiful Boy is well-acted and handles a sensitive topic with the care it deserves, yet ends up being an 'important' film more than a well-made one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2018
The superb acting overshadows the story and its execution. Carell and Chalamet are fantastic together. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2018
Carrell and Chalamet Shine in Flawed "Boy."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
November 6, 2018
In less capable hands, Nic could come off as entitled or smarmy, but Chalamet never plays him that way, and he never lets Nic's addictive tics slip into parody.
November 6, 2018
Cautionary, straightforward saga about a frantic father dealing with his son's Meth addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 6, 2018
The narrative doesn't give you a whole lot of time to become emotionally invested but the performances do what they can.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 5, 2018
When it comes to depicting drug addiction, "Beautiful Boy" doesn't show us much that we haven't seen before in movies, but it gets the emotions just right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2018
A well-meaning cautionary tale with very good intentions and almost no sense of pace...the film has some poignant moments where the family rises above the crisis, but the piece is very long and overwhelmingly glum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 4, 2018
Chalamet's performance, one of the year's best, deserves to be seen, but it certainly doesn't exactly make for a fun night at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 2, 2018
This heavily emotional US drama from Belgian co-writer/director Felix Van Groeningen is built upon the performances of Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, who turn what could have been a hand-wringing exercise in cliché into something rather stronger.
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