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Beautiful Boy

  • Starring: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney
  • Director: Felix Van Groeningen
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 120 min.

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.

"Strong, committed performances and the upsetting ring of reality anchor a highly-personal film which cycles through addiction, relapse and rehab in an episodic way, each high as inevitable as the low which follows. "
- Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
"Beautiful Boy, made by the Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”), from a script by Luke Davies, is scrupulous and tenderly wounding — a drama that seizes and holds you."
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"Chalamet, a heartthrob unafraid to tackle unglamorous material, so embodies the tragic struggles of a drug-addled young man it’s a wonder he made it through the production, while Carell’s melancholic eyes absorb every detail. It’s a haunting two-hander that allows their talent to tower over everything else. "
- Eric Kohn, indieWire
"It’s a tough, achingly tender film that refuses to trade in false hopes or cheap sentiment. That truth is what makes Beautiful Boy hard to take and impossible to forget. "
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The imperfect yet affecting new film Beautiful Boy, based on memoirs by the real-life Nic and David, examines addiction and its effects on one family. But it’s also a meditation on memory and the difficulty of reconciling the happiness of the past with a present that’s become too sad to bear. "
- Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"The split point of view, coupled with a wealth of ripped-from-experience details, is a welcome approach to a subject so frequently explored that you're lucky to get a drop of fresh insight out of it."
- A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"[It's] beautifully shot, and acted, with compelling and affecting music cues from Neil Young to Radiohead."
- Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
"Chalamet's charismatic, maddening Nic is spectacular, and the film's stubbornly unresolved view of loving an addict - its perception of the experience as a grueling, endless walk beside someone - is brutal but feels honest."
- Linda Holmes, NPR
"The days when a dramatic performance from Carell was a surprise are long behind us, and his journey in "Beautiful Boy" is a marvelously sensitive, largely quiet tour de force."
- Steve Pond, TheWrap
"Every last thing the movie shows us about addiction, and the effect it can have upon those who are trying to save an addict from himself, is entirely authentic."
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety