Excerpt: This portrait of drug addiction and its impact on a family may be Hollywood sleek and smooth, but its authenticity is in the empathy, in the lack of judgment. Steve Carell is absolutely heartbreaking.
Excerpt: There are so many hugs in “Beautiful Boy” that one might expect it to be the pat, maudlin Lifetime Movie treatment of addiction, but thankfully, it is more unsparing and unsentimental than that.
Excerpt: The nostalgia of the past is therefore [David’s] memory as a father while the pain of the present is his acknowledgment that things played differently for Nic. But we understand this without following the teen down his spiral. Doing so anyway therefore proves unnecessarily excessive.
Excerpt: In a story that spirals endlessly in the same loop, director Felix van Groeningen attempts to address several important questions – prominently how interpersonal relationships go for a toss when one member is afflicted with a stigmatized condition. Timothée Chalamet’s central act is the biggest takeaway from this slightly underwhelming film.
Excerpt: Beautiful Boy is bracingly honest with its turns and barriers built by emotional whallup. The remarkable performances of Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet deserve the credit for that impact, fashioning a touchingly stout drama that is braver than most films on the subject.