Parents (Michael Sheen, Maria Bello) try to cope with the fact that their son was the trigger man in a fatal college shooting spree.
" At a certain point lofty objectivity is just a refusal to engage, and no raw camera work can disguise it. "
" If the key performances in "Beautiful Boy" were any less honest, the film's half-formed suppositions would undo it utterly. "
" Out of a premise horrifically familiar from tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech director Shawn Ku has crafted a film that will haunt you for a good long time. "
" I suspect parents will react more strongly to this movie than non-parents. It's hard to imagine anyone, however, leaving the theater without a more thoughtful perspective. "
" Great drama makes you think you're looking into other people's lives. "Beautiful Boy" makes you think you're merely peeking in their windows. "
" "Beautiful Boy" tiptoes into a minefield, where it loses its nerve and remains frozen in its tracks, too timid to find a way back. "
" The most daring aspect of the film, fully realized in Bello's grave performance, may be the notion that a parent can invest endless love in a child and one day find him unfathomable. "
" Painfully perceptive and relentlessly raw, this intimate observation of a couple in extremis plays out with such subdued intensity that, by the end, audiences will very likely feel as wrung out as its embattled stars. "
" Ku gives us the shooter's parents' view of the tragedy and it is just as devastating as anything we can imagine among victims' families. "
" 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. "
" There is, however, despite the intensity of the acting, an obviousness to the scenes as they play out in what often feels like real time. "
" Beautiful Boy could be about any tragedy... and it is at its best when it is at its toughest. "
" The relentlessly grim "Beautiful Boy" ends up being an endurance test. "
" This feels like a movie that won a high school current-events contest: Take a tragedy, make a movie. "
" Most of "Beautiful Boy" is unrelentingly bleak and depressing, but there are smatterings of understatement and grace. "
" Ku focuses on the effects the aftermath has on those intimately involved, and they are grim. "
" Actors are left with too much time to play emotional symphonies, while inevitably having to hit too many required notes. "
" An excruciating drama about a couple caught in the aftermath of a pivotal moment involving their college-age son. "
" Beautiful Boy is not an entertainment but an experience. And a kind of cinematic sensitivity training. "
" A film like this can end honestly in only one way, and Ku is true to it. "
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