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Beautiful Creatures (2001)

tomatometer

37

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 37

Implausible, uneven, and gratuitously violent, this esotrogen-powered crime caper lacks the finesse of Thelma and Louise or Guy Ritchie's work.

40

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 12

Implausible, uneven, and gratuitously violent, this esotrogen-powered crime caper lacks the finesse of Thelma and Louise or Guy Ritchie's work.

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 3,134

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Petula is rescued from a brutal beating at the hands of her thug boyfriend by Dorothy, a woman whose own life is in absolute chaos as the result of an abusive, junkie male companion. When faced with the realization that her good deed will likely not go unpunished, Dorothy and the dim-witted Petula must figure out what to do with the now-dead body of the boyfriend and how to escape the more-than-likely retaliation by his criminal-kingpin brother.

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Simon Donald

Oct 2, 2001

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All Critics (72) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (37) | DVD (7)

Writer and coproducer Simon Donald offers an efficient plot, and director Bill Eagles knows how to pace the actors and action while delivering it.

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Emits an aura of contrived cool.

April 27, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Too much style and not enough of anything else.

April 27, 2001
Boston Globe
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The dialogue is banal and the characters are irritatingly dumb.

April 24, 2001 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Tedious and unfunny.

April 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Why should boys have all the fun in the movies?

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The well of surprise is all but parched in the post-Tarantino seriocomic crime caper genre.

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The main problems with Beautiful Creatures lie in execution -- the film's baser machinations come across as nothing more than indie film quirks.

February 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

More Tom and Jerry than Thelma and Louise.

January 30, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A black comedy triggered with snide Guy Ritchie type of lowbrow British humor that is not as clever as it thinks it is.

December 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Engaging and successful for fans of the genre

July 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Always surprising and the performances are carefully calibrated.

June 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen

Style doesn't count for much if you just don't care.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Suffers from familiarity -- this whole genre should take a well-deserved rest.

April 27, 2001
Philadelphia Daily News

A fun, Bound-like off-kilter psycho-dance.

April 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Full of sharp ideas but undermined by blunt-headed characters and logistical loopholes.

April 23, 2001 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

[It's] trying to add a feminist twist to the spate of Britain's bloody gangster thrillers and never quite succeeding.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Beautiful Creatures

2-1/2 Stars Best part of the movie is Pluto the slightly Pink dog does not Die. Low budget "Lock stock and two smoking barrels" painted on a "Thelma and Louise" canvas. Well paced and continually involving. Even if you don't like the Violence and the cliche derivative male characters you won't turn it off until the end. Rachel Weisz character "Pentula" is trapped in a violent relationship with the brother of a mobster. Her character of a blonde ditz is so poorly developed, its hard to feel anything for her. Susan Lynch is much more dynamic of a character as Dorothy, the brains of the operation. The movie really turns into flat cliche when her heroine junky boyfriend shows up and shoots her dog. (But he's OK in the end)
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