Biutiful Reviews

  • From one scene to the next, as is his custom, Mr. Gonzalez Inarritu creates a feeling of raw, sprawling intimacy.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Biutiful is a love story about the bonds of parenthood with pinpoints of redemptive light amid the darkness.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Watching Bardem occupy, embrace and ultimately own a multifaceted role like the one he plays in "Biutiful" is a rare treat, and an absolute joy.

    Sean O'Connell — Washington Post

  • Inarritu wants to run us ragged - physically, spiritually, emotionally, it's all the same to him. And he'll empty his complete cinematic arsenal to do so.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Biutiful is even more morbidly obese than Babel in terms of soggy ideas, elephantine with miserabilist humanism and redemption jibber-jabber.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • Its portrait of a man with nothing who must deal with the end of everything while trying to safeguard his children has moments of power and poetry.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Boasts quality of acting and an overall intensity level that make up for a lot of narrative shortcomings.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Inarritu has a delicate yet searing sense of intimacy, which cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures with hand-held determination.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Biutiful blesses you with the opportunity to see soul exposed, courtesy of Bardem's performance...

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • The movie's mood might well have proved unendurable were it not for the proud and sympathetic presence of Bardem.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • What drew me into the film and engaged my sympathy was the presence of Bardem himself.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Am I the only one who sensed trouble when the painfully methodical spacing and timing of the opening titles suggested the heaviest, most medicinal tragedy of this or any other year?

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Javier Bardem cuts a tragic figure as a dying Barcelona lowlife who traffics in illegal immigrants and communes with the dead.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • [Bardem] draws from a deep, deep well of love, pain, and who-knows-what-else.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • An overloaded agony parade of a film that's such a grim march to devastation that it should be hard to watch. And, OK, it is. But with Bardem at its center, it's like watching a lush train wreck.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Bardem's performance makes it not just bearable but rich and compelling.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Its scant emotional rewards can't shake off the sense of a prodigiously gifted filmmaker stuck in a grim rut.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Looking for a dark and depressing movie for the holidays? You'll find it in Biutiful, the riveting work of two talented Spaniards: director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and actor Javier Bardem.

    V.A. Musetto — New York Post

  • With the exception of an otherworldly prologue that remains mysterious well into the film, Biutiful is an unusually linear feature for Inarritu, but no less involving or challenging than his previous works Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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