A Beautiful Life
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A Beautiful Life
From director Alejandro Chomski comes this indie drama, adapted from a play by writer Wendy Hammond. The film stars Angela Sarafayan and Jesse Garcia as teenagers navigating the gritty streets of LA, and features supporting contributions from Debi Mazar and Dana Delany.
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Lau] successfully balances satire and sentimentality in the first half, but loses his bearings in the sappier second part."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Set among the mean streets and meaner people of downtown Los Angeles, this laughably clichéd dive into sexual masochism and hardscrabble survival replaces story with outline and characters with place holders."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Unfortunately, Lau throws in one too many wrinkles, squandering our empathy by forcing us through a long-winded relationship involving betrayal and illness."
‑ Michael C. Walsh, Boston Phoenix
"This intertwined tale of people struggling on society's fringe plays like bad community theater."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Whatever does work here - mainly a soulful performance by Liu Ye - ultimately gets lost in the excess."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"It's tough to find comedy in a dead-serious, skid-row-set film about homelessness, sexual abuse, incest and the exploitation of immigrants, but the misguided A Beautiful Life manages to provide unintentional laughs by the barrel."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"An amateurish, contrived drama that's neither captivating, insightful nor engrossing."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The film strains credulity by pushing its characters wildly to and fro with a shamelessly sentimental screenplay."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A Beautiful Life makes little attempt to be credible or original. And the acting is poor."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"There's simply not enough for Maggie and David to do to sustain an entire movie."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
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