Biutiful

Biutiful

Biutiful

Spanish drama from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams) and starring the brilliant Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) in a role which won him Best Actor at Cannes 2010. Set in Barcelona, Bardem plays an underworld figure and devoted single dad, as he attempts to reconcile with a past love and secure a future for his children as his own death draws near.

Best Actor (Javier Bardem) at Cannes Film Festival 2010.
2011Rating: R16, contains offensive language, sexual material & other content that may offend147 minsMexicoSpanish with English Subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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Flicks

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Unwatchable without Javier Bardem’s affecting, devastatingly committed performance, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful – his first film minus regular writing partner Guillermo Arriaga – plunges the viewer into a shapeless, sprawling character study that functions as nothing less than a punishing reminder of how rotten the universe can be. Yet even with a powerhouse like Bardem holding fort, this misery-laden feel-bad saga struggles to transcend its unsubtly despairing view of humanity, and might have you gasping for air long before its funereally paced 148 minutes are up.

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Total Film

Total Film

Excesses aside, Iñárritu’s fresh focus and tactile direction pack a palpable punch here. Bardem hefts much of the weight with bare-bones assurance, redeeming his rep after Eat Pray Love.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Mr. Bardem, best known to American audiences for his chillingly persuasive embodiment of evil in "No Country for Old Men," combines muscular, charismatic physicality with an almost delicate sensitivity, and this blend of the rough and the tender gives Biutiful a measure of emotional credibility that it may not entirely deserve.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Surely few actors have faces that project sorrow more completely than Bardem.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Sometimes it seems as if Iñárritu is literally carving out his actor's heart, so tangible does Bardem make Uxbal's fears. Iñárritu has so much that he wants to say - too much, in fact, and the film's central weakness - that he has created an emotional tsunami for both the actors and the audience.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Biutiful has a strong, linear narrative drive. Nevertheless, and most of all, it's a gorgeous, melancholy tone poem about love, fatherhood and guilt.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Iñárritu has made a modern classical tragedy and, in Javier Bardem, he has found his first authentic hero; a character caught up in an intricate web of events he cannot extricate himself from.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

In spite of fine work from Bardem and Álvarez, Biutiful is an irritating, oppressive 150-minute dirge, not the step forward Iñárritu's dissolved partnership with Arriaga seemed to promise.

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