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Biutiful

Biut-thumbstandard Diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, Uxbal (Javier Bardem) -- a divorced father raising two children -- is determined to atone for his life as a black marketeer in this engrossing character study that unfolds in the slums of Barcelona, Spain. Co-starring Maricel Álvarez as Uxbal's estranged wife, director Alejandro González Iñárritu's haunting tale received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Foreign Language Film.
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Netflix Rating: 3.6
NYT Review
Javier Bardem plays an underworld figure stressed by work and family in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful." Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 64%
Critics' score: 64   Audience score: 75   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Inarritu has a delicate yet searing sense of intimacy, which cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures with hand-held determination. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Watch Bardem here -- his eyes speak heart-rending volumes. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

With the exception of an otherworldly prologue that remains mysterious well into the film, Biutiful is an unusually linear feature for Inarritu, but no less involving or challenging than his previous works Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

An overloaded agony parade of a film that's such a grim march to devastation that it should be hard to watch. And, OK, it is. But with Bardem at its center, it's like watching a lush train wreck. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

[Bardem] draws from a deep, deep well of love, pain, and who-knows-what-else. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Biutiful" is devastating. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's the kind of film that congratulates the viewer on her tolerance for the spectacle of unrelieved misery. full review

Dana Stevens, Slate

Bardem's performance makes it not just bearable but rich and compelling. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

The movie's mood might well have proved unendurable were it not for the proud and sympathetic presence of Bardem. full review

Anthony Lane, New Yorker

Inarritu is far from untalented -- Amores Perros had sequences as powerful as anything in the films of Luis Bunuel -- but misery has become his shtick. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Javier Bardem cuts a tragic figure as a dying Barcelona lowlife who traffics in illegal immigrants and communes with the dead. full review

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

Watching Bardem occupy, embrace and ultimately own a multifaceted role like the one he plays in "Biutiful" is a rare treat, and an absolute joy. full review

Sean O'Connell, Washington Post

What Inarritu gives us is not a beautiful world or an amazing world. It is simply the world, and therefore, by definition, beautiful and amazing - and painful, awful and mysterious. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Boasts quality of acting and an overall intensity level that make up for a lot of narrative shortcomings. full review

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

Biutiful is a love story about the bonds of parenthood with pinpoints of redemptive light amid the darkness. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

Biutiful blesses you with the opportunity to see soul exposed, courtesy of Bardem's performance... full review

Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies

Inarritu wants to run us ragged - physically, spiritually, emotionally, it's all the same to him. And he'll empty his complete cinematic arsenal to do so. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Am I the only one who sensed trouble when the painfully methodical spacing and timing of the opening titles suggested the heaviest, most medicinal tragedy of this or any other year? full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

What drew me into the film and engaged my sympathy was the presence of Bardem himself. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Biutiful" has lots of characters and interwoven plot-lines, a trait it shares with earlier Inarritu films. But it's the first film he's done that feels cluttered with characters and burdened with the odd and on occasion ugly things they do. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
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