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Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. His livelihood is earned out of bounds, his sacrifices for his children know no bounds. Like life itself, this is a circular tale that ends where it begins. As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, and the paternal guiding hand that navigates… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"Iñárritu has a delicate yet searing sense of intimacy, which cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures with hand-held determination."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"When life is less inviting than death, the eye of the beholder is inclined to look away."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The film is beautifully photographed and incredibly effective. Holding it all together is a brilliant central performance by Javier Bardem."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
"Bardem and Iñárritu draw you in to a story that says so much about not only its individual characters but also of life, exile, love, family and death."
‑ Mayer Nissim, Digital Spy
"Bardem faultless, Inarritu not so much"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Watch Bardem here -- his eyes speak heart-rending volumes."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"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
"This bloated drama is redeemed by its focus of a man caught between two distinctive and memorable worlds."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Unwatchable without Javier Bardem's affecting, devastatingly committed performance, Biutiful plunges the viewer into a shapeless, sprawling character study that functions as nothing less than a punishing reminder of how rotten the universe can be."
‑ Aaron Yap,
"Excellent performance by Javier Bardem lifts a movie that often drags."
‑ Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal
"With the exception of an otherworldly prologue that remains mysterious well into the film, Biutiful is an unusually linear feature for Iñárritu, but no less involving or challenging than his previous works Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Despite a commanding, Oscar-nominated performance by the always-interesting Javier Bardem, there's a quality of manufactured misery to "Biutiful"..."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Ugliness as "art.""
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Even though this movie piles it on, I can see its positive values and the potential it would have to reach the hearts of its audience."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Biutiful is an exploration of fatherhood, guilt, culpability and mortality."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
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