Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty

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Collateral Beauty

Oscar-winning director David Frankel (Dear Diary) directs an all-star ensemble cast in a drama that features Will Smith, Edward Norton and Keira Knightley.

When successful New York advertising executive Howard Inlet (Smith) is sent on a downward spiral after experiencing a personal tragedy, his colleagues devise a plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way.

2016Rating: M, Offensive language96 minsUSA
Drama
84%
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A complex lyrical essay on grief psychosis

Every now and then the movie commentariat gets it wrong. Bad movies earn bad reviews, but it is something else entirely when a movie that is not bad receives universal condemnation. Last year that honour went to Collateral Beauty (2016), the most misread movie of recent times. Ignoring the fact that its cast includes Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet...

4.0
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Village Voice

Village Voice

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You'll ... struggle to accept that what you saw on that screen actually played in theaters, was funded and approved by distributors, took a month or so of the lives of those extraordinary actors.

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Variety

Variety

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A strenuously uplifting Christmas awards-bait tearjerker.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The five stages of grief sometimes seem applicable to movie reviewing, except that I usually skip denial, rarely get around to acceptance and generally just settle into anger, which is where I am with "Collateral Beauty."

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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At the end of it, I screamed the way polar bears are supposed to when they get their tongues frozen to the ice.

1.0
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Stuff

Stuff

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This saccharine, manipulative, cynical, brain-dead and virtually inhuman enterprise should be shown down the ages as a terrible example of just how much can still go wrong...

1.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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A movie which suggests five stages of grief requires a sixth, entitled "collective idiocy".

1.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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This movie doesn't rise to the level of so-bad-it's-good. But no less impressively, perhaps, it's just bad enough that you actually wish it were worse.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The finished movie plays ... concertedly like a Serious Acting Vehicle for Smith, who's the least interesting component in a madly over-qualified cast.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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Smug, lazy and clumsily manipulative.

0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

You'll ... struggle to accept that what you saw on that screen actually played in theaters, was funded and approved by distributors, took a month or so of the lives of those extraordinary actors.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A strenuously uplifting Christmas awards-bait tearjerker.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The five stages of grief sometimes seem applicable to movie reviewing, except that I usually skip denial, rarely get around to acceptance and generally just settle into anger, which is where I am with "Collateral Beauty."

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

At the end of it, I screamed the way polar bears are supposed to when they get their tongues frozen to the ice.

1.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

This saccharine, manipulative, cynical, brain-dead and virtually inhuman enterprise should be shown down the ages as a terrible example of just how much can still go wrong...

1.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A movie which suggests five stages of grief requires a sixth, entitled "collective idiocy".

1.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This movie doesn't rise to the level of so-bad-it's-good. But no less impressively, perhaps, it's just bad enough that you actually wish it were worse.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The finished movie plays ... concertedly like a Serious Acting Vehicle for Smith, who's the least interesting component in a madly over-qualified cast.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Smug, lazy and clumsily manipulative.

0

A complex lyrical essay on grief psychosis

Every now and then the movie commentariat gets it wrong. Bad movies earn bad reviews, but it is something else entirely when a movie that is not bad receives universal condemnation. Last year that honour went to Collateral Beauty (2016), the most misread movie of recent times. Ignoring the fact that its cast includes Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet...

4.0
0