There is absolutely nothing going on in Beautiful Girls that you haven't seen... [in] any other artistic endeavor in which untethered young men and women, bound by geography and fortified by beer, shamble their way toward overdue maturity.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Portman, a budding knockout, is scene-stealingly good even in an overly showy role.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
The movie lacks the stature or consistency to be truly beautiful -- but you know, it is kind of cute.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Hutton, understated but not bland for a change, gives his best performance in years.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
The movie is wry, touching and fun to sit through...
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Portman was memorable as the little girl in The Professional, but her work here throws off an eeriness in its revelation of such huge talent in one so young.
Jeff Millar - Houston Chronicle
What's nicest about the film is the way it treasures the good feelings people can have for one another.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Susan Stark - Detroit News
This startlingly uneventful compendium of thick-headed boy-talk and female tolerance squanders a fine cast on incredibly ordinary characters and situations.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Borrowing heavily from other, better films, director Ted Demme and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg give each of their male protagonists a case of commitment angst.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Beautiful Girls is always in touch with reality but never drowned in it.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
In a relationship that skirts bad taste, Hutton and Portman make tender movie magic, giving this big-screen spin on Friends its only moments of true romantic yearning.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The dialogue isn't the only problem with Beautiful Girls. The characters are bad, too.
Jack Mathews - Los Angeles Times
This film really succeeds with its warm treatment of ordinary hang-ups -- no life-shattering revelations or pain repressed since childhood, just the genuine, everyday trials of life.
Darren Bignell - Empire Magazine
Demme's conversational film is about the gaping chasm between what men say and what they feel. It may not tell us anything new, but its eloquence is quietly rewarding.
Natalie Portman, as a 13-year-old on whom Hutton develops a strangely affecting crush, is a delight.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Portman steals all the scenes with Timothy Hutton and lights up the movie in each and every one of her scenes with her beauty, charm and utter exuberance.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Ted Demme's coming of age tale is about guys in their 20s who refuse or are unable to mature, which might explain why the most captivating relationship is between Timothy Hutton and the 13-year-old Natalie Portman.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Women may be unimpressed, but men will squirm with recognition.
- Time Out
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
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Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A film about relationships and growing older that's funny and smart.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Fred Topel - About.com
Not a whole lot goes on, but what does go on is engaging enough to merit a look.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
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Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Wise and clever, a refreshingly different take on gender relations.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
James Rocchi - Netflix
Hits the spot with its wry observations on sexual politics.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
With only a few lapses, Scott Rosenberg's script is so good it outshines his much-praised Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead.
Kim Williamson - Boxoffice Magazine
It's the women who break the monotony of this dudes-in-flux saga...
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
Rosie O'Donnell's best 10 minutes of her career.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
The truth is it's just not fun to watch people make excuses for themselves.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Watching these guys struggle with an idea is like watching a dog trying to get to that unattainable itchy spot. Funny, but pathetic too.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
While apt at times, often it seems overwrought and muddled.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
With better editing (Jeffrey Wolf) and directing (Ted Demme) the movie could have survived the script, but alas it was not to be.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
This film may have been a small movie set in a small town, but its characters are earnest, its dialogue is smart and witty, and most of all, its heart is anything but small.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
I watched this film three times in two days and dug it more each time.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
A routine entry in the genre, with nothing in particular to recommend it, aside from an attractive cast.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It doesn't always take you where you'd like it to go, but that's all right.
Steve Davis - Austin Chronicle