Beautiful Boy Reviews

October 26, 2018
The leads are superb, buoyed by Amy Ryan as Nic's mom, Maura Tierney as his stepmother, and LisaGay Hamilton in a moving cameo.
October 25, 2018
When the family dynamics are front and center, "Beautiful Boy" resonates, as it reflects the ugliness of addiction and the long tail it wags.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 24, 2018
"Beautiful Boy" is a welcome corrective, of sorts. If only it weren't quite so . . . clean.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 23, 2018
Imperfect yet affecting.
October 18, 2018
A test of an actor is playing someone who's split in so many ways that he moves forward while looking backwards and vice versa, and Chalamet is already a master.
October 18, 2018
Chalamet is asked to hit some big notes in this performance, but we never see him acting. That's true greatness in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2018
Beautiful Boy delivers less than what one would expect from the story it endeavors to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2018
A harrowing and frequently dispiriting watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2018
Chalamet now leaves no doubt that he's an actor of refined and profound gifts: His performance in "Beautiful Boy" helps elevate a boho-bourgeois melodrama to something that aspires to be more achingly real and human.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 16, 2018
Chalamet's terrific throughout, accessing and deploying every kind of emotion in unpredictable combinations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 16, 2018
Van Groeningen unflinchingly depicts the struggles and hopes of a family affected by drug addiction in a powerfully honest movie with gut-wrenching acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 15, 2018
To its credit, Beautiful Boy doesn't reassure its audience with the false comfort of easy answers. But it still feels, ultimately, like an earnest and relatively minor wrinkle on a stark, emotional, all-too-familiar story.
October 13, 2018
Parents will feel heard by this movie in a way that few other films have tried. Everyone else should go for the kid, who's a rocket taking off. You want to be able to say you were there when it happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 13, 2018
Van Groeningen methodically demonstrates how that can count for little in the face of crystal meth, but that's the only takeaway from Beautiful Boy that felt fresh.
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October 12, 2018
We begin to understand David's feelings of constant frustration at these dreary cycles of addiction, and while that might be exactly what the film (admirably) intends, there's no denying it makes for a vexing viewing experience.
October 12, 2018
Chalamet is so good it's worth seeing "Beautiful Boy" for his work alone.
October 12, 2018
Hard to take and impossible to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 12, 2018
Chalamet is occasionally scary-touching as someone whose addictions have become the core of his being. But the film is overlong and repetitive and riddled with unneeded flashbacks.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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October 12, 2018
Heartbreaking, honest and profoundly truthful, even if flawed by a handful of unfortunate cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2018
There might have been more power-and beauty-in a more understated approach all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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October 11, 2018
The split point of view, coupled with a wealth of ripped-from-experience details, is a welcome approach to a subject so frequently explored that you're lucky to get a drop of fresh insight out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 11, 2018
The root problem is repetitiveness, the seemingly endless cycle of progress and relapse that causes heartbreak in real life and induces déjà vu in audiences - even dejà déjà vu, since there's repetition within the already familiar pattern.
October 11, 2018
Van Groeningen has delivered too safe a movie, which fights against two terrific actors bravely baring their souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2018
For all its cinematic artfulness, the drama never strays from a well-honed formula. Put it this way: When an addict swears to be clean only an hour in a movie, an ugly relapse is inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2018
[It's] beautifully shot, and acted, with compelling and affecting music cues from Neil Young to Radiohead.
October 9, 2018
While the sometimes confusing non-linear narrative keeps the whole package from coming together, the first-rate acting more than makes up for it in the film based on the true experiences of David and Nic Sheff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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October 8, 2018
Chalamet's charismatic, maddening Nic is spectacular, and the film's stubbornly unresolved view of loving an addict - its perception of the experience as a grueling, endless walk beside someone - is brutal but feels honest.
September 14, 2018
All the wrong decisions end up smothering strong performances from Steve Carell and, to a lesser extent, Timothée Chalamet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 11, 2018
There's a lot to admire in Beautiful Boy on a performance level, but Carell and Chalamet's work is often buried in frustrating filmmaking.
September 9, 2018
The detachment at work in "Beautiful Boy" suggests an attempt to speak clearly and truthfully, to resist the clichés of the addiction drama while acknowledging that those clichés can hardly be rewritten.
September 9, 2018
The film holds you at arm's length, never quite letting you all the way in, never fully showing the ugliest or rawest moments... Van Groeningen takes an extremely granular approach to non-linear storytelling that works until it doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 8, 2018
The days when a dramatic performance from Carell was a surprise are long behind us, and his journey in "Beautiful Boy" is a marvelously sensitive, largely quiet tour de force.
September 8, 2018
With lesser performances, it would crumble under the manipulative weight of unearned gravitas, but these two actors transcend the material at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 8, 2018
The acting is uniformly excellent, and the movie looks almost disconcertingly great...
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 8, 2018
As enacted here by unquestionably fine actors, this story does not emerge as compelling or convincing, and the film is aggravatingly narrow-minded in its interests.
September 8, 2018
Every last thing the movie shows us about addiction, and the effect it can have upon those who are trying to save an addict from himself, is entirely authentic.