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: 43 out of 319 found boring (13.47%)

One-line Reviews (138)

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Her acting is really irritable in almost everything she does, and as she is getting older, her constant same face expression with her pouty mouth gesticulation is unbearable to watch.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Boring Drama that we have seen a million times .

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).

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

Gripping, sad, and real.

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.

Candid, compelling, cathartic cinema .

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

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

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

Such a boring movie...

Either way I enjoyed it.

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.

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.

Stunning performances, powerful story.

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

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

Dreary Beyond Belief .

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

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.

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.

Predictable and tooooo long .

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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


boring .

Worst movie ever .

Very long and boring film.

Breathtaking .

Repetitive and not terribly gripping .

Long boring set up for nothing .

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gripping movie .

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!!!

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

repetitive suffering .

Their scenes together are filled with tension and so riveting you can't take your eyes of the screen.

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

However, the out of place music and slow pacing does let something more to be desired.

Beautiful Boy, or should I say "Golden Boy" since it is already up for a Golden Globe, is a riveting exploration of the downward spiral of drug addiction.

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.

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

There have been many other movies about addiction that have structured themselves in a far more compelling fashion, whilst also driving home how difficult the cycle of drug use is to break.

A compelling insight .

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

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.

This film is unwatchable, and I do not mean because it is too hard to bear.

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.

Also, the actors in the leading roles were stunning.

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

Though unfortunately the story-line feels predictable.

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


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

From a cold and paranoid millionaire (Foxcatcher) to a man on the brink of an affair with his brother's girlfriend (Dan In Real Life) Steve Carell has an incredible knack for making some potentially unsympathetic characters very engaging and sympathetic.

Self indulgent, predictable, cheesy, unrelatable and bland.

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

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.

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

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

Very bland and confusing movie.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Unbearable .

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.

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

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

This is a rich boy who is as boring as a drunk who tries to collar you and tell you his hard luck stories, But this is not drink but drugs, and the dialogue is pitifully thin and relentlessly dull.

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

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

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.

Annoying music, confusing flashbacks, too long .

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

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

Here the movie is so predictable, so long.

Subtle direction, powerful performances and an engaging script.

Very slow.

It's somewhat confusing at timesthe movie shows many instances of withdrawal symptoms and addicts cravings.

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

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.

The soundtrack is unbearable.

Cliche filled dreck .

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.

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.

you can easily fall asleep The cast was doing well though

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

I do mean unbearable.

This movie is confusing to follow.

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

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

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.

More interested in showing us 'beautiful' scenery with an interminable soundtrack, director Felix van Groeningen and editor Nico Leunen have delivered a sometimes confusing, flashback-laden storyline while continuously attempting to 'tweak' their audience's emotions.

Compelling and Heartbreaking Display of an Epidemic .

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

To show the process of addiction and recovery and relapse and how often this cycle repeats itself for a drug user, the film opts to have a rather repetitive, frustrating loop of the main character doing just this.


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

It's hard to follow .

Before I am attacked by various countries for being a socialist I would like to state that in our current climate this is a cliché question in itself.

Way too long.