Beautiful Boy

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Released 2011

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Director:
Shawn Ku
Released:
2011
Rating:
R
Bill (Michael Sheen of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, FROST/NIXON) and Kate's (Maria Bello of A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, THE COMPANY MEN) already strained marriage is tested when their college-age son commits a shocking act of violence that reverberates across the country. As they struggle numbly through the media onslaught and the awkward pity from relatives and friends, they are forced to face their feelings of guilt, rage, blame, self-discovery, and - ultimately - hope, so that they can finally see each other and their chance for happiness again with clear eyes.

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A film like this can end honestly in only one way, and Ku is true to it. Life will go on, one baffling day after another. There can be no release, only a gradual deadening.

  • 70

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Although it's very much a contemporary yarn, there's a distinctly '70s feel to much of Beautiful Boy.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A kind of apocalyptic 21st-century "Ordinary People," Beautiful Boy, directed by Shawn Ku from a screenplay he wrote with Michael Armbruster, is so high-mindedly determined to avoi...

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