Beautiful Thing
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In this alternately somber and witty coming-of-age drama, a pair of teenage boys growing up in a working-class neighborhood become aware of their homosexuality. Introspective Jamie (Glen Berry) is the son of Sandra (Linda Henry), a tough but warm-hearted barmaid who lives in a public housing block in a rough-and-tumble section of South London. Living a few doors away is Jamie's classmate Ste (Scott Neal), an athletic type who often has to take a beating from his hard-drinking father and hard-headed brother. One night, Jamie and Sandra discover that Ste has been kicked out of the apartment… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Because the film is so effective for its first two-thirds and because it has its heart in the right place throughout, audiences may be willing to forgive its final third."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Represents a keen, personal look at the difficulties of growing up gay in a heterosexual world."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"just as it 'takes a village' to raise a child, the 'village' elevates this otherwise ordinary drama"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"This movie has a sharply observed sense of family and community and astonishingly natural acting."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"If Beautiful Thing were any more sensitive, it would faint."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Beautiful Thing isn't particularly deep, nor is it a great piece of filmmaking, but it's so sweet-natured and well-acted that it's hard to resist."
‑ John Hartl,
"Beautiful Thing might be the most beloved of all the gay-youth movies released in the late 90s"
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"The performances are mostly quite good, but the script definitely needs work."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Reminds me of some of Jonathan Demme's early movies, where ordinary people are celebrated for their eccentricities but not condescended to."
‑ Robert Horton,
"The boys' lives contain few surprises ... but from the other characters there is one astonishment after another."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Delightful English film which charts the dawning of love between two homosexuals."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Manages to do what few films have done -- convey coming out with the specificity that draws viewers in while conveying a universality that hits home."
‑ Barry Walters, San Francisco Examiner
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