Beautiful Boy (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Beautiful Boy (2018)



Critic Consensus: Beautiful Boy sees Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell delivering showcase work that's often powerful enough to make up for the story's muted emotional impact.

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Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.


Steve Carell
as David Sheff
Maura Tierney
as Karen Barbour
Amy Ryan
as Vicki Sheff
Christian Convery
as Jasoper Sheff
Christian Convery
as Jasper Sheff

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (24)

Parents will feel heard by this movie in a way that few other films have tried. Everyone else should go for the kid, who's a rocket taking off. You want to be able to say you were there when it happened.

October 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Van Groeningen methodically demonstrates how that can count for little in the face of crystal meth, but that's the only takeaway from Beautiful Boy that felt fresh.

October 13, 2018 | Full Review…

We begin to understand David's feelings of constant frustration at these dreary cycles of addiction, and while that might be exactly what the film (admirably) intends, there's no denying it makes for a vexing viewing experience.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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Chalamet is so good it's worth seeing "Beautiful Boy" for his work alone.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Hard to take and impossible to forget.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Chalamet is occasionally scary-touching as someone whose addictions have become the core of his being. But the film is overlong and repetitive and riddled with unneeded flashbacks.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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