Justina Mintz
May 31, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Beautiful Boy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/03/11
performer
Maria Bello, Michael Sheen
director
Shawn Ku
distributor
Anchor Bay Films
author
Michael Armbruster, Shawn Ku
genre
Drama
We gave it a B-

We’ve all seen agony-of-grief movies about parents who lose a child. But how do you even begin to dramatize the hellish turmoil of parents whose college-freshman son becomes a school shooter? Michael Sheen and Maria Bello both have wrenching moments in this quiet, oblique drama. Yet the movie isn’t really convincing. It makes the son’s rampage so out of the blue that when the parents ask, ”Is there anything we could have done?” the only response the film allows us is a simplistic ”No.” B?

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