Beastly Reviews

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Grae Drake
Movies.com
June 3, 2011
Beauty and the blech.
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
Richard Larson
Slant Magazine
March 9, 2011
This is Beauty and the Beast for the Twilight generation; they've paid for abs and sparkles, and they insist on getting their money's worth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
March 7, 2011
Beastly falls flat as a love story, and what we're left with are a few interesting ideas presented in the most patronizing way possible.
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
March 3, 2011
There's just not enough substance to make Beastly anything more than another cheesy teen romance movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 4, 2011
At one point when Hudgens' character points out that she prefers substance over style, one can only wonder what she would have thought of BEASTLY.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 20, 2011
Beastly has some groan-inducing lines and acting to match.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
April 22, 2011
Undermines its central message about substance over style by sacrificing characterisation for glossy visuals.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 3, 2011
Like Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens is blessed with amazing looks to go along with her limited acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 15, 2011
Another sad example of the Twilight effect.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
March 18, 2011
Undeveloped characters, undeveloped performances, undeveloped emotions and a mess of a script that could have benefited greatly from an extensive rewrite. Or at least some singing crockery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
March 3, 2011
Blandly literal and flabbily familiar, the great irony of Beastly is that this filmed version of the classic parable of how beauty is only skin-deep has so very little going on under the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
March 4, 2011
No one erred by choosing to mothball Beastly for eight months. It was only in the mistaken decision to release it that the ugly came roaring out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/10
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 3, 2011
The best thing about this movie -- starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen -- is that it's only 86 minutes long.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
March 3, 2011
Trite and formulaic, Beastly is an inoffensive snooze.
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
March 4, 2011
Meant to cash in on the craze for fantasy films about hormonal teens started by a certain chick-lit vampire series, Beastly merely shows how Twilight got it right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 3, 2011
Beauty and the Beast Lite. Might appeal to 11-year-old girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Todd Gilchrist
Cinematical
March 5, 2011
Beastly is such an excruciating morality play that it feels more like a punishment to the audience than the characters.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
March 3, 2011
[A] tin-eared, corny attempt at fairy-tale interpretation.
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