Beautiful Girls

The film received fairly positive reviews and currently has a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote, "What's nicest about the film is the way it treasures the good feelings people can have for one another". In the Washington Post, Desson Howe praised Natalie Portman's performance: "As a self-described 'old soul' who connects spiritually with Hutton (they're both existential searchers), she's the movie's most poignant and witty presence". However, Jack Mathews, in the Los Angeles Times, wrote that the film was "about as much fun as a neighborhood bar on a Tuesday night. Its crisis: not much happening". In her New York Times review Janet Maslin wrote, Natalie Portman got film's "archest dialogue", and called her "a budding knockout, and scene-stealingly good even in an overly showy role.


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