Beastly Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
June 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 28, 2013
Under-rated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 31, 2011
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
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Grae Drake
Movies.com
June 3, 2011
Beauty and the blech.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
May 4, 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 | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
April 25, 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.
April 25, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
April 24, 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 | Original Score: 1/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
April 22, 2011
Undermines its central message about substance over style by sacrificing characterisation for glossy visuals.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
April 22, 2011
Beastly doesn't quite cover it. Not even monstrous, gruesome or grotesque come close.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 22, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 20, 2011
Beastly has some groan-inducing lines and acting to match.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 20, 2011
Fails to convince on every level, thanks to an ironically charisma-free performance from Alex Pettyfer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Time Out
April 20, 2011
'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 | Original Score: 1/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
April 15, 2011
A tween-baiting update that sullies the elegant fairytale with privileged brats in penthouses. Beastly is a crass, spirit-sapping bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: D-
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 0.5/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
March 25, 2011
Somewhere inside 'Beastly' is a gorgeous, intelligent film, straining to get out of a ridiculous subplot and dopey set-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 25, 2011
Beneath it all, however, is a movie with a good heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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