New York Observer

By Rex Reed
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.
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By Jeannette Catsoulis
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.
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By Michelle Orange
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.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Blazing performance will burn in your memory. Same goes for the film.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Michael Sheen and Maria Bello both have wrenching moments in this quiet, oblique drama. Yet the movie isn't really convincing.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Not an entertainment but an experience. And a kind of cinematic sensitivity training.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Actors are left with too much time to play emotional symphonies, while inevitably having to hit too many required notes.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
There's just very little in Beautiful Boy that feels fresh or new or truly raw. The houses, that title, every emotion, even the false moves: They're all generic.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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