Beautiful Boy
Beautiful Boy (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 3, 2011
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Most of "Beautiful Boy" is unrelentingly bleak and depressing, but there are smatterings of understatement and grace.

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Clayton Davis

Beautiful Boy has raw and emotional power without falling all over itself with melodrama, but it does come up short in some narrative regards.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

An excruciating drama about a couple caught in the aftermath of a pivotal moment involving their college-age son.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

This feels like a movie that won a high school current-events contest: Take a tragedy, make a movie.

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Will Leitch

You have to be perfect for a project as perilous as this one to work. "Beautiful Boy" is far from it.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

At a certain point lofty objectivity is just a refusal to engage, and no raw camera work can disguise it.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Ku focuses on the effects the aftermath has on those intimately involved, and they are grim.

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Victoria Alexander

The parents always know.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This movie is not about a school massacre. Nor, is it about why a person chooses to do such a thing. What it IS about is the struggle of two parents to hold it… More
Saskia D.
Nice movie about the psychological effects that these parents have to deal with after their son commits a mass shooting at his university and kills himself.… More
William Dunmyer
"Beautiful Boy" is a fairly good melodrama about a married couple struggling to comprehend why their son commits a Columbine-style massacre at his… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"To confront the truth, first they had to face each other."</i> A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news… More
Cast:Michael Sheen, Maria Bello, Alan Tudyk, Moon Bloodgood, Kyle Gallner, Meat Loaf, Darren O'Hare, Deidrie Henry, Bruce French Director:Shawn Ku… More
Walter M.
Despite their ever fracturing marriage, Kate(Maria Bello), a proofreader, and Bill(Michael Sheen) still plan to go on vacation together with their college age… More