'Beautiful Girls' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   47 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    There is absolutely nothing going on in Beautiful Girls that you haven't seen... [in] any other artistic endeavor in which untethered young men and women, bound by geography and fortified by beer, shamble their way toward overdue maturity.
    Full Review » 19 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    Portman, a budding knockout, is scene-stealingly good even in an overly showy role.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    The movie lacks the stature or consistency to be truly beautiful -- but you know, it is kind of cute.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Hutton, understated but not bland for a change, gives his best performance in years.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The movie is wry, touching and fun to sit through...
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jeff Millar Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    Portman was memorable as the little girl in The Professional, but her work here throws off an eeriness in its revelation of such huge talent in one so young.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    What's nicest about the film is the way it treasures the good feelings people can have for one another.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    This startlingly uneventful compendium of thick-headed boy-talk and female tolerance squanders a fine cast on incredibly ordinary characters and situations.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    Borrowing heavily from other, better films, director Ted Demme and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg give each of their male protagonists a case of commitment angst.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Beautiful Girls is always in touch with reality but never drowned in it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    75
    In a relationship that skirts bad taste, Hutton and Portman make tender movie magic, giving this big-screen spin on Friends its only moments of true romantic yearning.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Jack Mathews Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    The dialogue isn't the only problem with Beautiful Girls. The characters are bad, too.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Darren Bignell Empire Magazine
    80
    This film really succeeds with its warm treatment of ordinary hang-ups -- no life-shattering revelations or pain repressed since childhood, just the genuine, everyday trials of life.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Film4
    Demme's conversational film is about the gaping chasm between what men say and what they feel. It may not tell us anything new, but its eloquence is quietly rewarding.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    Natalie Portman, as a 13-year-old on whom Hutton develops a strangely affecting crush, is a delight.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    88
    Portman steals all the scenes with Timothy Hutton and lights up the movie in each and every one of her scenes with her beauty, charm and utter exuberance.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    67
    Ted Demme's coming of age tale is about guys in their 20s who refuse or are unable to mature, which might explain why the most captivating relationship is between Timothy Hutton and the 13-year-old Natalie Portman.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Time Out
    Women may be unimpressed, but men will squirm with recognition.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Kevin N. Laforest Montreal Film Journal
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Susan Granger www.susangranger.com
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rob Thomas Capital Times (Madison, WI)
    80
    A film about relationships and growing older that's funny and smart.
    Full Review » 10 years ago