Movieline - 12/28/2010
"In the end, what's most deeply affecting about BIUTIFUL is a face -- Bardem's."
Los Angeles Times - 12/29/2010
"[A]n ethereal yet visceral meditation on living and dying....[Bardem gives] a performance of staggering depth, unquestionably one of the year's best."
New York Times - 12/28/2010
"[Bardem] combines muscular, charismatic physicality with an almost delicate sensitivity..."
Wall Street Journal - 12/31/2010
"As for Mr. Bardem, he's ever so much more than a tragic face. He gives this hero tragic grandeur."
Hollywood Reporter - 12/17/2010
"[I]t's a gorgeous, melancholy tone poem about love, fatherhood and guilt....Some scenes are absolutely wrenching to behold."
Uncut - 02/01/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] riveting, if harrowing piece....Bardem is tremendous here."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/26/2011
"Bardem, who received a best actor Oscar nomination for BIUTIFUL, is a vastly human actor....Here he suffers, and is good, and suffers partly simply because he cannot do good things."
USA Today - 01/28/2011
"Iñárritu is a filmmaker drawn to dark, layered tales. His collaboration with the soulful Bardem is an inspired one."
Total Film - 03/01/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "[F]erocious filmmaking, directed with lyrical austerity and played with conviction."
A man tries to reconcile his desire to be good with his lawless ways in this dark drama from Mexican auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu. Uxbal (Javier Bardem) is a man with a bright side and a dark side. Uxbal is a caring father who is strong but affectionate toward his two children, Ana (Hanaa Bouchaib) and Mateo (Guillermo Estrella), and he struggles to maintain a healthy relationship with their mother, Marambra (Maricel Álvarez), despite her problems with alcohol and instability. But Uxbal is also a criminal who oversees a small underground empire alongside fellow crime boss Hai (Taisheng Cheng) and Uxbal's impulsive brother, Tito (Eduard Fernández). Uxbal's dealings range from drugs to construction, but unlike his partners in crime, he tries to treat those around him with dignity even as he trades in human misery. Uxbal's precarious world begins to collapse when he's diagnosed with a serious illness and told he has only a few weeks left to live; he tries to put his affairs in order in the time he has left, but realizes that few around him have any sense of responsibility. BIUTIFUL receives its world premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
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