Beautiful Boy (2011) We've all seen agony-of-grief movies about parents who lose a child. But how do you even begin to dramatize the hellish turmoil of parents whose… 2011-06-03 R PT100M Drama Maria Bello Michael Sheen Anchor Bay Films
Movie Review

Beautiful Boy (2011)

MPAA Rating: R
Maria Bello, Michael Sheen | AGONY-OF-GRIEF Michael Sheen and Maria Bello in Beautiful Boy
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AGONY-OF-GRIEF Michael Sheen and Maria Bello in Beautiful Boy
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 03, 2011; Rated: R; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Maria Bello and Michael Sheen; Distributor: Anchor Bay Films

We've all seen agony-of-grief movies about parents who lose a child. But how do you even begin to dramatize the hellish turmoil of parents whose college-freshman son becomes a school shooter? Michael Sheen and Maria Bello both have wrenching moments in this quiet, oblique drama. Yet the movie isn't really convincing. It makes the son's rampage so out of the blue that when the parents ask, ''Is there anything we could have done?'' the only response the film allows us is a simplistic ''No.'' B–

Originally posted May 25, 2011 Published in issue #1157-1158 Jun 03, 2011 Order article reprints