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Beautiful Girls

In director Ted Demme's smartly written, slice-of-life film, Willie Conway (Timothy Hutton) returns to the small town he left behind as erstwhile friends, lovers and the scary thought of settling down swirl around him. A friend's unapproachable cousin (Uma Thurman) and the winsome teenager next door (Natalie Portman, in a standout performance) couldn't be more different, but they afford glimpses of two possible futures.
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Beautiful Girls is always in touch with reality but never drowned in it.
Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine  full review
 
This startlingly uneventful compendium of thick-headed boy-talk and female tolerance squanders a fine cast on incredibly ordinary characters and situations.
Todd McCarthy, Variety  full review
 
It's the women who break the monotony of this dudes-in-flux saga...
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
In a relationship that skirts bad taste, Hutton and Portman make tender movie magic, giving this big-screen spin on Friends its only moments of true romantic yearning.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
 
The dialogue isn't the only problem with Beautiful Girls. The characters are bad, too.
Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
What's nicest about the film is the way it treasures the good feelings people can have for one another.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
Hutton, understated but not bland for a change, gives his best performance in years.
Rita Kempley, Washington Post  full review
 
Portman, a budding knockout, is scene-stealingly good even in an overly showy role.
Janet Maslin, New York Times  full review
 
Portman was memorable as the little girl in The Professional, but her work here throws off an eeriness in its revelation of such huge talent in one so young.
Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
 
The movie is wry, touching and fun to sit through...
Desson Thomson, Washington Post  full review
 
Borrowing heavily from other, better films, director Ted Demme and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg give each of their male protagonists a case of commitment angst.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
The movie lacks the stature or consistency to be truly beautiful -- but you know, it is kind of cute.
Mike Clark, USA Today
 
There is absolutely nothing going on in Beautiful Girls that you haven't seen... [in] any other artistic endeavor in which untethered young men and women, bound by geography and fortified by beer, shamble their way toward overdue maturity.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
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