Beautiful Beings

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A teenage boy raised by a clairvoyant mother takes a bullied kid into his gang of violent outsiders.


  • Birgir Dagur Bjarkason
  • Áskell Einar Pálmason
  • Viktor Benóný Benediktsson
  • Snorri Rafn Frímannsson
  • Anita Briem
  • Ísgerður Elfa Gunnarsdóttir
  • Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
  • Kristín Ísold Jóhannesdóttir
  • Blær Hinriksson
  • Theodór Pálsson

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Jan 19, 2023

While compelling in individual scenes, especially as the boys navigate their increased anger at the world, Beautiful Beings ultimately whiplashes between too many ideas and subplots to create a coherent thematic through line.

Metacritic review by Christian Gallichio
Christian Gallichio
The Film Stage
Jan 13, 2023

In his bleak film, Guðmundsson combines the kitchen sink drama of growing up in a cycle of violence and/or poverty and the magical realism of teenage fever dreams, with mixed results.

Metacritic review by Marya E. Gates
Marya E. Gates
Jan 11, 2023

The best scenes in this movie show that Guðmundsson has a talent for make-believe, drug trips and fantasy scenarios, and if there were more such set pieces in Beautiful Beings, then it might have been something more distinctive rather than the latest in a very long line of films about young people left on their own.

Metacritic review by Dan Callahan
Dan Callahan