Beautiful Boy (2018)

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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.

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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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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Boy

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (37)

The leads are superb, buoyed by Amy Ryan as Nic's mom, Maura Tierney as his stepmother, and LisaGay Hamilton in a moving cameo.

Oct 26, 2018 | Full Review…

When the family dynamics are front and center, "Beautiful Boy" resonates, as it reflects the ugliness of addiction and the long tail it wags.

Oct 25, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

"Beautiful Boy" is a welcome corrective, of sorts. If only it weren't quite so . . . clean.

Oct 24, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Imperfect yet affecting.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

A test of an actor is playing someone who's split in so many ways that he moves forward while looking backwards and vice versa, and Chalamet is already a master.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Chalamet is asked to hit some big notes in this performance, but we never see him acting. That's true greatness in the making.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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