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Beastly (2011)


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

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

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 22

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


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 57,428


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for language including crude comments, brief violence and some thematic material)
Drama , Romance , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Daniel Barnz
In Theaters:
Jun 28, 2011
Box Office:
CBS Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Beastly

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (29) | 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.

Full Review… | April 20, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Beneath it all, however, is a movie with a good heart.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
Top Critic

Stunningly bad.

Full Review… | March 5, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

For a fable about a magical curse, "Beastly" is strangely earthbound. And once it starts, it just seems to go on sappily ever after.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

There are flashes of genuine wit and charm that, while they cannot support the rest, hint at what was intended and not realized.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Top Critic

So this isn't a great re-imagining of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, but Beastly does have mass tweener appeal.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
We Got This Covered


Full Review… | January 28, 2013
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

Full Review… | August 31, 2011
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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Beauty and the blech.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011

... 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.

Full Review… | May 4, 2011

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.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011

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.

Full Review… | April 24, 2011
News of the World

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

Full Review… | April 22, 2011
Liverpool Echo

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

Full Review… | April 22, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 22, 2011
What Culture

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

Full Review… | April 20, 2011
Birmingham Post

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

Full Review… | April 20, 2011

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

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
Total Film

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?

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
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...'

Gregory Dark

Super Reviewer

Another film that appears to have been snatched out of the pages of a high school girl's journal. Immature characters with vapid character development -- which is particularly problematic when teenage character development is the whole point of the film. And that Olsen girl?! Awful! Stick to lunch pail modeling, Mary Kate!

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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.

Nicki Marie

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.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Beastly Quotes

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.
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..
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)
Kyle, you suck it.
– Submitted by Julieta D (2 years ago)
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)
What can I say, I'm substance over style.
– Submitted by WillKai K (3 years ago)

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