A Beautiful Life
A Beautiful Life (2009)

Two lost souls find meaning in a world of chaos in this independent drama directed by Alejandro Chomski and adapted from the play by Wendy Hammond. Desperate teen Maggie (Angela Sarafayan) is on the run from her abusive father, and young… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 2, 2009
DVD 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.

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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