Beautiful Boy
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Bill (Michael Sheen) and Kate (Maria Bello) hopelessly try to find some hint of an explanation after finding out that their only son committed a mass shooting at his university before taking his own life. They struggle numbly through the funeral, the media onslaught, and the awkward pity from relatives and friends. Their already strained marriage is tested as they realize all they have left with each other is their shared grief and confusion-and the unfortunate legacy of their son. This life-altering event forces Bill and Kate to face their feelings of guilt, rage, blame, self-discovery -and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In Beautiful Boy, the themes are vast but the picture is small, and the ensuing emptiness is what the characters are meant to feel -- not us."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Most of "Beautiful Boy" is unrelentingly bleak and depressing, but there are smatterings of understatement and grace."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Beautiful Boy has raw and emotional power without falling all over itself with melodrama, but it does come up short in some narrative regards."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"There are no answers, only more questions, and the film beats you down, which is probably the point and the closest we can ever get to truly empathizing with parents whose children go mad."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It's primarily an actor's showcase, with Bello once again displaying her incredible range as she copes with the waves of grief, denial and rage."
‑ Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
"An excruciating drama about a couple caught in the aftermath of a pivotal moment involving their college-age son."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"This feels like a movie that won a high school current-events contest: Take a tragedy, make a movie."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"You have to be perfect for a project as perilous as this one to work. "Beautiful Boy" is far from it."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"It is a mood dampener of the first degree, but it's a rarely told story at a time when this type of tragedy is becoming tragically ordinary."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"'Boy,' for all its exploitation of the sensational, is a tense affair that challenges us with questions we may never have thought to ask."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"At a certain point lofty objectivity is just a refusal to engage, and no raw camera work can disguise it."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Ku focuses on the effects the aftermath has on those intimately involved, and they are grim."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The parents always know."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"Beautiful Boy remains removed and distant."
‑ Stephen Schaefer, Boston Herald
"The film's depiction of a married couple in emotional peril rings true rather than maudlin, sustained at a riveting pitch through the consummately raw, sympathetic performances of its two leads."
‑ Dustin Putman,
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