Rated R · 147 minutes · 2011

Perhaps we should be thankful that from time to time, truly great directors get off track and deliver an absolute curiosity. Maybe it recalibrates them or starts them thinking about their work in new ways. While Joel Schumacher just makes bad movies and got lucky a couple of times early in his career, someone like Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Amores Perros) can misfire in the name of art, perhaps while trying to locate a new language or perspective for his work. Hopefully, that’s the takeaway from Biutiful, a movie that has a lot right about it (mostly in the performance of Javier Bardem), but it just can’t enunciate what it wants to say. Too long, too unfocused and too empty, Biutiful feels like the one that got away from Iñárritu. At least he flames out admirably and interestingly.

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Official Site: www.biutiful-themovie.com
Director: Alejandro Iñárritu
Producer: Alejandro Iñárritu, Fernando Bovaira and Jon Kilik
Cast: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Eduard Fernández, Diaryatou Daff, Taisheng Cheng, Luo Jin and Hanaa Bouchaib




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Portland Mercury Down in the Dumps Javier Bardem makes down in the dumps Biutiful. by Marjorie Skinner 01/27/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Splendid squalor: Biutiful It's hard to describe but also hard to overstate just how extraordinary Javier Bardem's performance is. by Jonathan Kiefer 03/03/2011
East Bay Express Harmonious Fists: Ip Man 2 and Biutiful A boxer in conflict and man in a box. by Kelly Vance 01/26/2011
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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Adjustment Bureau, Beastly, Rango, Biutiful 03/03/2011
Creative Loafing Atlanta Iñárritu gives Barcelona the Scorsese treatment in Biutiful Grubby, vibrant film adds up to much more than the sum of its hardships thanks to Javier Bardem by Curt Holman 01/26/2011
NUVO Ed reviews: 'Biutiful' Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film, starring Javier Bardem, piles on all things eerie and depressing. by Ed Johnson-Ott 02/09/2011
Charleston City Paper Barcelona becomes Gomorrah in Biutiful The picture Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu paints of Barcelona in his new film Biutiful is anything but. by Felicia Feaster 02/09/2011

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