A Beautiful Life
A Beautiful Life (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 1, 2011
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Mark Jenkins

[Lau] successfully balances satire and sentimentality in the first half, but loses his bearings in the sappier second part.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

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Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix

Unfortunately, Lau throws in one too many wrinkles, squandering our empathy by forcing us through a long-winded relationship involving betrayal and illness.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Whatever does work here - mainly a soulful performance by Liu Ye - ultimately gets lost in the excess.

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Andrew Barker

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.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

An amateurish, contrived drama that's neither captivating, insightful nor engrossing.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

The film strains credulity by pushing its characters wildly to and fro with a shamelessly sentimental screenplay.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A Beautiful Life makes little attempt to be credible or original. And the acting is poor.

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Don Willmott

There's simply not enough for Maggie and David to do to sustain an entire movie.

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