Beautiful Boy (2018)

Beautiful Boy (2018)

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Beautiful Boy (2018)

Steve Carell is a father who watches his son (Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name) struggle with meth addiction in this drama based on the memoirs of David and Nic Sheff. Writer-director Felix Van Groenigen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

2018Rating: MA15+, Strong drug use120 minsUSA
Drama
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Reviews & comments

Not-too-beautiful

It's spectacularly performed with its uneasy tale, inapposite (at times) sound design and unbalanced tone; lowering its overall impact.

4.0
0

Carell and Chalamet Shine in Darkness

A tear-jerky true story exploring the collateral damage of drug addiction. Chalamet captures the angsty wasted youth who embarks on a drug addled odyssey while Carell serves as the soft-spoken landing pad father who constantly picks up the broken pieces. Beautiful Boy gives Carell one of his most career defining roles - proving how even the most minor...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A grim endurance test that's undeniably flawed but in doggedly aiming to portray this unbearable pain with rare authenticity, it has a raw, haunting power.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Beautiful Boy is an attractive and always-watchable film. But considering the ugliness of its subject matter, I'm not sure that's a recommendation.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Strong, committed performances and the upsetting ring of reality anchor a highly-personal film which cycles through addiction, relapse and rehab in an episodic way, each high as inevitable as the low which follows.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

An overly worthy and Oscar-bothering piece,

0
Collider

Collider

press

While the film lacks narrative momentum, its heart is in the right place, and that's to show the havoc addiction wreaks on families and how those families have no answer for addiction.

0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A grim endurance test that's undeniably flawed but in doggedly aiming to portray this unbearable pain with rare authenticity, it has a raw, haunting power.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Beautiful Boy is an attractive and always-watchable film. But considering the ugliness of its subject matter, I'm not sure that's a recommendation.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Strong, committed performances and the upsetting ring of reality anchor a highly-personal film which cycles through addiction, relapse and rehab in an episodic way, each high as inevitable as the low which follows.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

An overly worthy and Oscar-bothering piece,

0
Collider

Collider

press

While the film lacks narrative momentum, its heart is in the right place, and that's to show the havoc addiction wreaks on families and how those families have no answer for addiction.

0

Not-too-beautiful

It's spectacularly performed with its uneasy tale, inapposite (at times) sound design and unbalanced tone; lowering its overall impact.

4.0
0

Carell and Chalamet Shine in Darkness

A tear-jerky true story exploring the collateral damage of drug addiction. Chalamet captures the angsty wasted youth who embarks on a drug addled odyssey while Carell serves as the soft-spoken landing pad father who constantly picks up the broken pieces. Beautiful Boy gives Carell one of his most career defining roles - proving how even the most minor...

4.0
0