Biutiful (2010)

Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Javier Bardem's searing performance helps to elevate Biutiful, as does Alejandro González Iñárritu's craftsmanship, but the film often lapses into contrivance and grimness.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Iñárritu has a delicate yet searing sense of intimacy, which cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures with hand-held determination.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

When life is less inviting than death, the eye of the beholder is inclined to look away.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to Biutiful.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Watch Bardem here -- his eyes speak heart-rending volumes.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

An overloaded agony parade of a film that's such a grim march to devastation that it should be hard to watch. And, OK, it is. But with Bardem at its center, it's like watching a lush train wreck.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

The Bataan Death March of art-directed miserablim. And to what end?

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

With the exception of an otherworldly prologue that remains mysterious well into the film, Biutiful is an unusually linear feature for Iñárritu, but no less involving or challenging than his previous works Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Despite a commanding, Oscar-nominated performance by the always-interesting Javier Bardem, there's a quality of manufactured misery to "Biutiful"...

Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered

The film is beautifully photographed and incredibly effective. Holding it all together is a brilliant central performance by Javier Bardem.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This sad and depressing drama wants to rely on an unbearable sense of tragedy that doesn't always feel genuine, but even so it benefits from a strong… More
Jim Hunter
After discovering that he is dying of cancer, a father and smuggler tries to "put his affairs in order." Javier Bardem can do anything. He… More
Michael S
"Biutiful" is a near masterpiece of human suffering, dank realism, and redemption; being that this is the fourth film from the acclaimed Iñárritu, you… More
Chris Weber
Uxbal's life is quite a mess: he's a sngle father of two, and struggles to raise them, primarily by working on the wrong side of the law trying to… More
Josh Morris
Biutiful is a long, endlessly bleak gloomfest made worthwhile by a transcendetal performance by the great Javier Bardem. The talented filmmaker Alejandro… More
Reza Mohseni
Successes of Amores Perros,21 Grams and Babel were for sake of both Arriaga's scripts and Inarritu's directing.A movie like The Burning Plain proves… More