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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Javier Bardem plays an underworld figure stressed by work and family in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful." Read the review
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Inarritu has a delicate yet searing sense of intimacy, which cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures with hand-held determination.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
Watch Bardem here -- his eyes speak heart-rending volumes.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
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.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
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.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
[Bardem] draws from a deep, deep well of love, pain, and who-knows-what-else.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
"Biutiful" is devastating.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
It's the kind of film that congratulates the viewer on her tolerance for the spectacle of unrelieved misery.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
Bardem's performance makes it not just bearable but rich and compelling.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
The movie's mood might well have proved unendurable were it not for the proud and sympathetic presence of Bardem.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker  full review
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.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
Javier Bardem cuts a tragic figure as a dying Barcelona lowlife who traffics in illegal immigrants and communes with the dead.
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader  full review
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.
Sean O'Connell, Washington Post  full review
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.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
Boasts quality of acting and an overall intensity level that make up for a lot of narrative shortcomings.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News  full review
Biutiful is a love story about the bonds of parenthood with pinpoints of redemptive light amid the darkness.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
Biutiful blesses you with the opportunity to see soul exposed, courtesy of Bardem's performance...
Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies  full review
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.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
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