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2.9
471 Ratings

Beautiful Boy

Directed by Felix Van Groeningen
United States, 2018
Drama

Synopsis

Chronicles meth addiction and recovery through the eyes of a father who watches his son as he struggles with the disease.

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Beautiful Boy Directed by Felix Van Groeningen
Because millennial filmmaking is primarily based on escapism — or is generally unresponsive to broad social concerns — Beautiful Boy is distracted from the very problem it hopes to expose.
December 03, 2018
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The down-to-earth details of Nic’s misery, and his family’s anguish, are delicately observed and don’t pander to viewers who want an inspirational, tidy story. A narrative decision that would feel like a flaw in other movies feels like proof of integrity here: at roughly the 90-minute mark, Nic seems as if he’s about to get clean, only to relapse and end up back where he started, but even worse off.
November 29, 2018
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The leads are superb, buoyed by Amy Ryan as Nic’s mom, Maura Tierney as his stepmother, and LisaGay Hamilton in a moving cameo as a parent whose unconditional love couldn’t save her child.
October 18, 2018
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