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Beastly (2011)

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21

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 73

Fundamentally misguided, poorly written, and badly acted, Beastly adds little to the legacy of its timeless source material.

25

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 21

Fundamentally misguided, poorly written, and badly acted, Beastly adds little to the legacy of its timeless source material.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Beastly is an edgy teen romance about learning how to see past false surfaces to discover true inner beauty. Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all - looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity - and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating "aggressively unattractive" classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), inviting her to the school's extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Daniel Barnz

Jun 28, 2011

$27.9M

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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (73) | DVD (4)

'Beastly' is a special brand of hogwash: a fairy tale that preaches inner beauty while refusing to obscure the looks of its doomed hero.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Beneath it all, however, is a movie with a good heart.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (3)
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Stunningly bad.

March 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (4)
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For a fable about a magical curse, "Beastly" is strangely earthbound. And once it starts, it just seems to go on sappily ever after.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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There are flashes of genuine wit and charm that, while they cannot support the rest, hint at what was intended and not realized.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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Beastly gets one timeless fact right: For hatchet faces, fatty cakes and Frankenskanks, high school can definitely feel like a curse.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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So this isn't a great re-imagining of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, but Beastly does have mass tweener appeal.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Under-rated.

January 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Daniel Barnz's movie certainly doesn't have any inner depth behind its slick surface, but Neil Patrick Harris's nifty wisecracks, Mary-Kate Olsen's spooky glares and the brisk pacing means that Beastly isn't quite as hideous as you might imagine

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Hudgens is a likeable on-screen presence, Olsen a complete riot, and Pettyfer teases teeny bits of a performance as a genuinely unpleasant baddie that could be the making of him one day, should the right script come along.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Beauty and the blech.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

... tone deaf (do students today really say "hurl chunks" and "Too cool for school"?), predictably plotted, filled with drippy love songs that would embarrass Bryan Ferry.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: CinemaDope | Comment (1)
CinemaDope

Some snappy pacing and hints of pain throbbing beneath the cool sarcasm of teens push much of Beastly past its skin-deep pandering to a teen demographic. Still, this 21st-century fairy tale doesn't wilt, but it's not quite refreshed, either.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada) | Comment (1)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It's basically programming a generation of young girls to yield to the will of a patriarchal society and grow up to become biddable Stepford Wives. This evil must be stopped.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Beauty And The Beast except with the lusty, gothic menace that makes that story interesting replaced by moany teenagers and crap acoustic guitar music. Or, in short, Dawson's Freak.

April 24, 2011 Full Review Source: News of the World | Comment (1)
News of the World

Undermines its central message about substance over style by sacrificing characterisation for glossy visuals.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

Beastly doesn't quite cover it. Not even monstrous, gruesome or grotesque come close.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's not nearly as bad as you've probably heard, thanks to a mercifully short running time and decent performances throughout, but a sloppy script denies Beastly the hormone-infused gravitas it desperately needs.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Beastly has some groan-inducing lines and acting to match.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Fails to convince on every level, thanks to an ironically charisma-free performance from Alex Pettyfer.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

A tween-baiting update that sullies the elegant fairytale with privileged brats in penthouses. Beastly is a crass, spirit-sapping bore.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

In every aspect, from story to tone to characterization to visual aesthetic, it's laughably perfunctory, as though everyone involved were too embarrassed to give it more than a half-ironic token effort.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Maybe the next time they tell this story it'll star the cast of Jersey Shore and The Garbage Pail Kids. Why shouldn't it?

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Somewhere inside 'Beastly' is a gorgeous, intelligent film, straining to get out of a ridiculous subplot and dopey set-up.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comment (1)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Audience Reviews for Beastly

I was very excited to see this film, a neo-Beauty and the Beast sounds intriguing. Unfortunately with high expectations comes greater pressure to succeed. And this film goes down as one of my most disappointing films of all time.
The acting seems more suited for a teenage television show. There were several unbelievable scenes involving a character standing unnoticed only a few steps away from another individual. The plotline involving Lindy being forced into staying with the "Beast" was was not convincing; the character of her father in particular was not well thought out. Finally Ive heard multiple people point out how cool the main character looked after he turned 'ugly'. In fact, Ive seen quite a lot of people that intentionally give themselves a similiar look!
Neil Patrick Harris was wonderful and is actually a bright spot in the movie.
When the movie was over the basic theme that was left was not 'beauty within' but more like 'it doesnt matter how ugly you become as long as you have money...'
February 28, 2014
solesoulsorrow

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I have to admit, it was better than I expected (by that I mean I could sit through it!). Both the leads I found pretty weak as actors. For me the highlight was Mary Kate Olsen as the goth witch. Seriously, she was the most convincing part in this (I can't believe I am saying that). I totally bought her as a bit twisted and sod the romance, the ending with her character was the best bit!
I didn't like the makeup on the beast very much. There is ugly and then there's ridiculous. His markings and veins crossed the line to ridiculous.
August 1, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

So awful. The championing of superficial qualities in the script is overbearing and cliche, even for high school students. Alex Pettyfer is just a pretty face, and Vanessa Hudgens is so hipsterly twee.
June 23, 2012
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

First off I have to say that I viewed this film under protest as my niece was visiting and for god knows what reason, wanted to check this stinker out.

Now that that's out of the way, let me critique this unfortunate attempt at updating the classic Beauty And The Beast tale.

Early warning signs: This film was produced under the aegis of CBS Entertainment - which, let me tell ya, ain't HBO. Think more of a Saturday afternoon Disney channel effort and you wouldn't be far off. A second hint that you may be in for a distasteful experience is that this was written and directed by the same guy - it's seldom that this formula works and this film could be the poster child for "Don't go there".

It has been said that the acting in this film is atrocious, but I disagree - you could have Meryl Streep uttering this lines and even she would seem almost cartoonish - which is an idea - why didn't they dispense with the acting all together and do this as Japanese style Anime? I mean, like really, (quoting from the film), the two main actors Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens are earnest enough, but their efforts are sunk by banal material. Hudgens in particular, as the girl who falls for "the beast" seems to at least have some screen presence (or maybe I'm just smitten by those cheekbones).

In supporting roles you have Lisa Gay Hamilton as the perky housekeeper who, in spite of never being shown the slightest bit of humanity by the beast, tries to school the lad by spinning homespun homilies in an atrocious Caribbean accent. And speaking of schooling - when Alex is turned into the beast, his dear old dad squirrels him away and then hires a blind tutor to school him. This is probably the best part of the film (and the bar has been set really, really low). Neil Patrick Harris (what's with all these actors with 3 names anyway - 2 names was enough for John Wayne, ya woosies!), has all the funny lines and he delivers them with panache.

I could go on and on about what is wrong with this film - from the laughable "deformity" of the beast (that looks like children's face painting on drugs), to the heavy handedness of the script (let's make this really, really obvious in case there's a 6 year old in the audience with a learning disability), but in truth, the long and short of this film is that it is so very formulaic and over the top. The film even does a little wink wink in an attempt to show how slick it is by mentioning several times that the story isn't original. Really, ya think?

Finally, the film ends with everything tied into a nice bow - boy gets girl, finds redemption, etc. etc. - witch (who cast the spell making beasty boy beasty) grants him his wish to give sight back to his tutor (not kidding, really), and then in yet another attempt to say something meaningful, has the witch set her sights on dear old dad - you know, he who instilled the beastly attitudes in his son in the first place. Yikes!
June 13, 2012
maxthesax
paul sandberg

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    1. Kyle Kingson: When I was in kindergarten, my dad offered to take me anywhere I wanted. We came to the zoo. He bought me all the toys and candy I wanted. And at the end of the day, he told me that my mother had left.
    2. Kyle Kingson: I haven't seen her since. After he told me, I ran away..and hid in here. And saw this movie. It's about this mother elephant, who's two babies die. She misses them so much..
    3. Kyle Kingson: And when she's migrating back a year later..a year later, she finds her babies bones. Can you imagine that love?
    – Submitted by Farhana M (2 years ago)
    1. Kendra: Kyle, you suck it.
    – Submitted by Julieta D (2 years ago)
    1. Lindy Taylor: [to Kyle/Hunter] So here I am okay. Where ever you are. But if you come near me, I'll teaser your ass!
    – Submitted by WillKai K (2 years ago)
    1. Lindy: What can I say, I'm substance over style.
    – Submitted by WillKai K (2 years ago)
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