Beautiful Thing
Beautiful Thing (1996)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 11, 1996
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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James Berardinelli

Represents a keen, personal look at the difficulties of growing up gay in a heterosexual world.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

just as it 'takes a village' to raise a child, the 'village' elevates this otherwise ordinary drama

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

If Beautiful Thing were any more sensitive, it would faint.

John Hartl

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.

Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Beautiful Thing might be the most beloved of all the gay-youth movies released in the late 90s

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Robert Horton

Reminds me of some of Jonathan Demme's early movies, where ordinary people are celebrated for their eccentricities but not condescended to.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The boys' lives contain few surprises ... but from the other characters there is one astonishment after another.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Delightful English film which charts the dawning of love between two homosexuals.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Touching film with quite capable actors. As an American, however, I must say that it was often difficult to follow the dialogue due to the thick accents and… More
John Ballantine
I'm going to hold off on providing a higher rating for this film which probably deserves it solely for the touching nature of the two leads and how they… More
Luke Baldock
It's a sweet coming of age tale. Set in 1995 it was great to see in the background some Batman Forever candy holders. I used to have these and they were… More
Alec Barniskis
I think the story occasionally gets lost in a few unnecessary secondary characters but it still remains an emotionally charged love story. The film's very… More
jay nixon
wonderful with a great soundtrack.
Sylvester Kuo
An unusually realistic British comedy about the teenage love between the shy Jamie and troubled Ste, they also need to deal with Jamie's nosy mum and their… More