Biutiful Synopsis
A crook (Javier Bardem) with a terminal illness tries to set his affairs in order.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Biutiful has a strong, linear narrative drive. Nevertheless, and most of all, it's a gorgeous, melancholy tone poem about love, fatherhood...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Biutiful is strong stuff, it will leave you shaken. There's poetry here, and catastrophe.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Bardem's soulful turn lends this haunting meditation a sense of hope and saves it from the contrived missteps it teeters toward.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Biutiful exists, at its best and beautifully, in that space that's hard to define, between the outside and the interior, action and...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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...
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Nothing says "Awards Season" like feel-bad cinema, and with Biutiful, Iñárritu hauls out the big guns. He also, maddeningly, has one hell...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie wails in pain. And it's that sort of grand empathy that makes Iñárritu both impossible to dismiss and impossible to live with.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The safe course is to recommend the film, which seems pitilessly long at 147 minutes, only for the transcendent quality of Javier Bardem's...
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By Mark Jenkins
However much Uxbal tries to help Barcelona's dispossessed, Biutiful doesn't really have anything to say about the modern world's economic...
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By lucywiley
If you like off-beat, slices of life deep to the bone, this is your kind of flick. Javier Bardem delivers Uxbal, a believable good-bad guy who shifts his values to keep himself and his two kids alive...


By wrndysmailbox
Javeir Bardam , excellent..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Exceptional story with great emotional depth,cinematic wonder, this is a director who really captures memory and feeling like no other!!!!!!!!Love this~~~...

Gritty and Gripping

By Timo57
Being a huge Javier Bardem fan, I was eager to see Biutiful, without knowing in advance much about the story of the movie. While I was certainly not disappointed with any aspect of this movie,...


By cmrish
Gutturuly depressing. I had to step out for 10 minutes at one point for fresh air, as Inarriti and Bardem were able to grab and tear at my gut and soul, making me feel literally was that...

His best role/chartacter ever!

By lovemybasset
Bardem deserves today's Oscar nomination for the tour de force performance he delivers in Biutiful. And having seen all the other nominees, i have to say for me this was by far the best acting job...


By jsglawus
Great movie!! Not easy to watch. Reminds me of a Vittorio de Sica film. Should win a Oscar for best foreign film. Bardem is superb, best male actor this year and should, but probably won't, win...


By Le Petite
Javier Bardem turns in a sensitive, heartfelt performance in this exploration of a man buffeted by an overage of life crises. His tenderness with people is juxtaposed against some firm stands he must...

HORRENDOUSLY depressing but real

a heartwrenching movie. HORRENDOUSLY depressing, beautifully done. Javier Bardem gives best performance of year in a movie that is not looking to appeal any fans who like hollywood endings. this is a...


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This is a great powerfull human film! It truly captures the spectacular acting performance of Javier Bardem, & the real conditions of the human struggle in Spain for ilegal imigrants trying to...

Dark and depressing movie

By izzib2
This movie is not for the faint of heart. Brutal death and all the world's ugliness surround this depressing movie. Well shot but I wished that I wouldn't have seen some of the things that I had to...

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Rated R | For For disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Heavy-handed grown-up drama has lots of mature content.
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