Beautiful Boy (2018) - Biography, Drama

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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.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Stars: Steve Carell, Maura Tierney
Length: 120 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 38 out of 271 found boring (14.02%)

One-line Reviews (125)

I unfortunately didn't read the book, but I could easily say that this is one of the worst movies I've ever seen in my entire life.

The audience can catch its breath in the journalist's breathtaking vacation home somewhere in the woods outside San Francisco or Nic's mom's (Amy Ryan) digs in LA.

It's an emotional slow burn, that feels like you're watching real life and a real journey in an addict's life.

Timothée Chalamet once again proves that he is one of the most interesting, talented and fascinating actors of his generation.

The entire film is kind of disjointed, as if the people behind it could not decide who or what to concentrate on , making the film at times confusing.

Stunning performances, powerful story.

repetitive suffering .

The music is sombre, the shots are slow, and the interaction do not give much hope either.

There is a ton of flashbacks, scenes shown out of temporal order and this leads to disjointed sense of narrative momentum.

But it consistently felt engaging thanks to the topic that is being addressed.

Either way I enjoyed it.

A compelling insight .

That praise being sung, I just didn't connect enough with the whole story to rate this movie better, despite its potential, engaging real life story and strong highpoints.

Very bland and confusing movie.

The great performances by its two leads though help make this one worth watching.

What story there is is the usual drug-addiction spiral, complete with a bland public-service-announcement type message.

No matter, this is one heck of a movie, and worth watching by itself for the gut-punching performances by Steve Carrell and Timothee Chalamet.

Predictable and tooooo long .

This film is particularly real and engaging for the important things it gets right.

There are two scenes in the film where he is truly stunning.

" Beautiful Boy is about moving on because the reality of addiction is banal and intractable for even the most impassioned parent.

Very slow.

As usual, Timothée Chalamet put in another mind blowing performance.

With that being said, there are a couple of intense scenes that do show what addictive behavior looks like for both the addict and loved ones.

For instance there is a scene where Nic is playing with his younger siblings in the sprinkler and then later (after another heartbreaking scene of Nic fleeing) there is a shot of the empty backyard with the sprinkler coming on.

The movie's message was intense and accurate and painful and raw.

The answer the film gives-family dynamics and his father's love smothered him-is pat and predictable.

I left the theater feeling like I had wasted 2 hours and dreadfully bored.

Strong performances, but repetitive .

Worst movie ever .

Way too long.

Gripping movie .

It is heart-wrenching, compelling, emotionally raw, and authentic.

Cliche filled dreck .

But I had to walk out because it got sooo boring after awhile.

Firstly, the editing (especially in the first half) is very confusing.

Boring Drama that we have seen a million times .

In her, we gradually understood that relationship of love between father and son, the way Nic immersed himself in drugs, moved away from his father, his mistakes, his comings and goings, the bottom of the pit.

It's a subtle movie, but nevertheless I highly recommend it.

Breathtaking in its appearance, surrounded by the forrest and a yard surely once filled with memorable family times, the interior is mysteriously gloomy and dark, warning the viewer something is wrong here.

That constant feeling of dourness makes this rather slow running film seem even slower, causing quite a bit of rustling and shifting in the chairs.

It's hard to follow .

There was only one minor slow point where I yawned just once.

I really wanted to like this movie, but the disjointed, confusing, and out of place elements made it extremely unenjoyable.

Latest stats in Australia of Drug and alcohol deaths, it's a heartbreaking waste of life..Harmful drug use continues to be a serious public health issue in Australia with 1,808 drug induced deaths registered in 2016.

Some flashbacks are displayed as overlapping images of the past and the present that reveal the impact of David's memories, but the timeline is often confusing.

This was an opportunity for an engaging, emotional, character driven exploration of addiction.

This movie is confusing to follow.

A movie worth watching with a very clear message & an important one too.

The intense scenes that really show addictive behavior are so scattered it's difficult to connect to one individual character.

From an addict like myself I found this film so mind blowing it put it all in perspective from a parents point of view and what they go through on a daily basis the acting was good and the emotional side of it came through from there actions to there face expressions it's a must watch for people who like true story's and dramas and for thoughs who are in addiction or even recovery as an addict in recovery we can never forget where we came from because we are on drug or drink away from total destruction called ADDICTION!!!

The song choice and music also helps to emphasize this perpetuity, each time Nic returns to the house the music choice was uplifting versus the intense and angsty choice of music for when he relapses.

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the movie is that Nic is a prosperous and intelligent middle-class young man with a strong support system.

I realize that this is a true story, but this was more of a docudrama than an entertaining movie.

Similarly in the first few minutes of the movie, certain irregularities in the order of story telling could potentially trigger a confusion among the viewers.

Barring the esoteric detailing at several points of time and a quite predictable ending, the movie triumphs in conveying a very strong and apposite message to its targeted audience.

Conclusion: I consider this film absolutely worth watching, especially because of the already mentioned outstanding performances that cannot be denied even though the wonderful score sometimes tries too hard to underline the emotional aspects for my taste.

Earnestly performed (great acting), this intense and moving drama is also full of humanity.

it shouldn't be this confusing for a movie like a memoir.

Unfortunately just a pastiche of disjointed scenes where the characters do the same thing over and over again.

He is engaging, emotive and the heartbreak of the dealing with an addict is written on his face to a painful degree.

As many other reviews say, the constant flashbacks in the film proved to cause confusion from the beginning.

Whilst Carell was excellent the story was so predictable, as anyone who has the slightest understanding of addition would know.

The father David is masterfully portrayed by Steve Carell who gives a engaging and empathetic performance showing the ongoing turmoil, heartbreak and angst felt by the addict's loved ones.

enjoyable, deep, could be more .

Don't waste your money or 2 hours in the theater.

The first truly intriguing moment comes with David buying food for a street kid.

Some of the best scenes in the film are with Carrell and Tierney engaging in some long distance calling and the temptation is too easy to blame the other.

The film seems a recurring cycle of addiction, intervention, and re-addiction played out by the charming but aloof Chalamet and the tense, monotone Carell.

The adapted screenplay, directed by Felix van Groeningen and written by him and others, is a sometimes-languid docudrama whose pervasive motif is the frustration of rehabbing one you love who does not want to be rehabbed.

Beautiful Boy is not particularly inventive in depicting drug addiction, it becomes repetitive and relies on the audience experiencing feelings of despair so very familiar with the subject matter.

I think that the repetitive nature of the film is a key element to understanding the hindrance and frustration that follows the journey to recovery.

But somehow it got turned into a repetitive dirge that keeps us at arm's length and teaches us nothing.


Very depressing and instead of entertaining me by seeing a good drama No!

The only reason this film is going to be Oscar nominated, and rightly so, is because of Timothee Chalamet's unwavering, intense, heart wrenching portrayal of Nic Sheff; he never misses a beat and allows for a realism to be injected into this story of addiction.

Long boring set up for nothing .

Here the movie is so predictable, so long.

I am 8 years an intensive care nurse and emergency room nurse.

I sat through this today, and came out wondering how on earth this had dragged out for 2 hours.

Very long and boring film.

Also, the actors in the leading roles were stunning.

Gripping, sad, and real.

I feel like appropriately unpretentious is a good expression to describe this movie, which, while riding a bit under the radar, is, so far, one of the most engaging I have watched form this past year.

Totally missed the mark on the emotional turmoil the family unit is dragged thru over and over and over again with an addict in it midst.

There is little plot and, while it can be frustrating to the viewer, the repetitive nature of abuse, recovery, and relapse that mark an addict's roller-coaster ride accurately reflects the cycle that most addicts experience.

Annoying music, confusing flashbacks, too long .

Candid, compelling, cathartic cinema .

Nic Sheff in this movie, was starving for understanding from his father, and Timothee Chalamet (who portrayed Nic) did the most incredible job of portraying the ultimate frustration of a child that only wanted to be received / accepted / understood in his dark puddle of intense existential pain.

Serving as something of a showcase for the two lead actors, (Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, both of whom are exceptional), there's little in the way of plot, with the film instead adopting a non-linear cyclical structure designed to mirror the repetitive nature of addiction-rehab-relapse-addiction-rehab etc. And whilst it is certainly heartfelt and respectfully told, there's little in the way of emotional engagement.

Repetitive and not terribly gripping .

When he is rehabbing, there's a regret and humility in his performance that is nowhere to be seen when he relapses, as he becomes more manic and unpredictable, and much less self-aware.

Boring and slow drama centred on a topic that we have seen a million other times.

It was all the most impressive when you finally see her let loose and seeing the tears roll down her face for what seems like the first time, in one of the saddest and most emotionally intense car chase scenes I have seen.

D: 7 DOP: 8.5 S: 7 E: 6 A: 8 NOTES: Enjoyable, good film, no masterpiece.

Subtle direction, powerful performances and an engaging script.

They believably portray the relatively compelling father-son dynamic at the heart of the story, differing greatly while also having many similarities (aspects of their relationship which aren't highlighted as much as I'd perhaps have liked).

In any case, other filmmakers have found ways to depict the repetitive nature of addiction without compromising the story, not the least of whom would be Darren Aronofsky in Requiem for a Dream (2000), who constantly uses a quick montage of the characters doing drugs to suggest the habitual nature of addiction.

Nic, played by the stunning Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) starts like so many young people, dabbling in the odd pill here or joint there and very quickly spirals downward to where he is grappling with an insatiable addiction to crystal meth that is pulling him further and further from his family.

The editing is a bit confusing toward the beginning of the film and the pacing slows to quite a crawl at times.


I though this could be your typical critic bait and be quite boring.

Self indulgent, predictable, cheesy, unrelatable and bland.

Dreary Beyond Belief .

Personally, I find Carell much more engaging as a dramatic actor (Foxcatcher, Last Flag Flying, Hope Springs) than as a comedian.

A languid study in the banality of addiction as it especially affects loved ones.

Fourth, You have the beginning of the audio that's supposed to come from the following scene, but instead placed into the current scene; so we're left with shitty voiceovers,confusing dialogue, and bad lip reading.

I found the jumping back and forth confusing excessive and unnecessary.

The only criticism I have is the often confusing timeline jumps.

Though some may find the plot to be slow, every element of this movie (except for the soundtrack) is crucial in relaying the frustrations, sadness, and helplessness that comes with addiction.

Because of the nature of its story, 'Beautiful Boy (2018)' is repetitive.

The film editing is terrible, with back and forth scenes that made the story confusing.

(and NO, one cliché scene, where female character is given a moment to cry alone is not enough to make it a round character, it just makes it a flat cliché).

I found the movie boring and then suddenly it's over.

Self-indulgent Marin County family (the mother paints the trees in her yard) is torn apart by the son's descent into drugs.

As regards the repetitive nature of the story, I understand what van Groeningen was going for - it is supposed to mirror the back and forth nature of addiction ("relapse is part of rehab" as David is told), a two steps forward, one step back staccato motion.

While many of these flashbacks are sudden and unexpected, I didn't find them confusing to follow although I can see how they might annoy some viewers who prefer a more 'linear' storytelling approach.

Steve Carell, and Timothée Chalamet are so compelling with there words and communication, I haven't seen such a movie since Forest Gump staring Tom Hanks or Radio staring Cuba Gooding Jr. very great movie.

To tell the truth, I found the film a little bit boring.

It's a static relationship except for a couple of intriguing surprising turns.


It's arguably Carell's best turn yet in an increasingly drama heavy career, with David offering the actor a brilliant chance to showcase his humanity and relatable persona to great affect and when teamed up with Timothée Chalamet as the up and down Nic, it allows Carell to ply his trade against a young actor that continues to impress in the early stages of his exciting career.

Though unfortunately the story-line feels predictable.

Compelling and Heartbreaking Display of an Epidemic .

Where I expected some kind of typical "hollywoodlike thing", I was proven wrong and all came at a completely different and unexpected part of scenes as a surprise.