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Beastly Reviews


Time Out
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'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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

April 20, 2011
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Beneath it all, however, is a movie with a good heart.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 25, 2011
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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Stunningly bad.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D-

March 5, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 4, 2011
Linda Holmes
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

March 4, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 4, 2011
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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You have to admire the bravery of the filmmakers, who went ahead and made a movie despite not understanding the subject matter. It's also pretty impressive that anyone could miss the point of Beauty and the Beast.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: D

March 4, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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More than lives up to its name with ultra-campy performances, high-glucose direction (Daniel Barnz), laughable dialogue, cheesy effects and a back-lot simulation of a Manhattan street that wouldn't pass muster on an after-school special.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

March 4, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Oh, yes, the script is a little ham-fisted, plowing through exposition and establishing character with a steam shovel, but in a tale like this, sometimes being obvious and cutting to the chase can be a virtue.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2011
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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[A] tin-eared, corny attempt at fairy-tale interpretation.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 3, 2011
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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A pallid, formulaic teen romance that might have benefited from a little snark.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 3, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Beastly is just as superficial and obsessed with looks as the characters and the mindset it rails against, which would seem like a bitter, frustrating irony if it merited the emotional reaction to care that much.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

March 3, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Like Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens is blessed with amazing looks to go along with her limited acting.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Roses and love bloom, and you might giggle yourself sick, but this is the kind of cornball entertainment that rainy afternoons were made for. Throw in a cozy sofa too. Beastly will size down well on your television.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2011
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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It takes guts to transform heartthrob Alex Pettyfer into a disfigured hero for the bulk of Beastly, a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It takes even more guts to do it differently than the book's fans might expect.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

March 3, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads, Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.

Full Review Source: USA Today

March 3, 2011
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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A sly and pleasant-enough young-adult programmer that is more likeable than not.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An intolerably sappy "Beauty and the Beast" for the Clearasil set.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Beauty and the Beast Lite. Might appeal to 11-year-old girls.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 2/5

March 3, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Everything and everyone looks very pretty, with even Kyle's disfigurement looking like it would make a cool T-shirt logo; nothing, and nobody, makes any sense.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Sure, Beastly's underlying message is a worthy one, but by the time the film gets there the audience's ability to empathize will be sorely tested.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 3, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It's possible you need a break from the dirty mind of "Twilight.'' But in favor of a dollar-store "Beauty and the Beast'' with no mind at all?

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

March 3, 2011
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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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 Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 1/5

March 3, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The best thing about this movie -- starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen -- is that it's only 86 minutes long.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 3, 2011
Peter Debruge
Variety
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A brain-dead update of the classic fairy tale whose feeble understanding of its own point runs only skin-deep.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 3, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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What really grates about this movie, apart from the atrocious script, direction and acting, is the premise that "unusual" is synonymous with "ugly."

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 3, 2011
Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
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Beastly, for all its potential pitfalls, works better than it has any right to.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2011
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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There is one good thing you can say about "Beastly": The title perfectly sums up what you'll see on screen.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1/5

March 2, 2011
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