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Beautiful Creatures (2013)



Critic Consensus: Charming romantic leads and esteemed supporting cast aside, Beautiful Creatures is a plodding YA novel adaptation that feels watered down for the Twilight set.

Movie Info

A supernatural love story set in the South, "Beautiful Creatures" tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. (c) WBmore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, scary images and some sexual material)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard LaGravenese
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 2013
Box Office: $19.4M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Alden Ehrenreich
as Ethan Wate
Alice Englert
as Lena Duchannes
Jeremy Irons
as Macon Ravenwood
Emma Thompson
as Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafin...
Zoey Deutch
as Emily Asher
Tiffany Boone
as Savannah Snow
Rachel Brosnahan
as Genevieve Duchannes
Kyle Gallner
as Larkin Ravenwood
Robin Skye
as Mrs. Hester
Randy Redd
as Reverend Stephens
Lance E. Nichols
as Mayor Snow
Leslie Castay
as Principal Herbert
Sam Gilroy
as Ethan Carter Wate
Cindy Hogan
as Mrs. Asher
Cole Burden
as Union Captain
Billy Wheelan
as Union Soldier
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News & Interviews for Beautiful Creatures

Critic Reviews for Beautiful Creatures

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (44)

Beautiful Creatures is like the Twilight movies but with a chaperone making sure the boys dance a foot apart from the girls.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

There's an air of contempt to the picture, with a lot of bored, talented people openly acknowledging that they probably should be doing something more productive with their time.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

A superficial supernatural story that aimlessly seeks to follow in the footsteps of 'Twilight.'

Full Review… | December 23, 2013
Big Hollywood

May tap into familiar themes of forbidden love oppression, but it's the unique texture of the world, along with the phenomenal cast surrounding it that makes this the most promising teen supernatural drama yet.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013

Surprisingly peppy and charming -- not transcendent of its narrowly defined genre, but a worthwhile entry in it, and not a bad film all around.

Full Review… | July 13, 2013

A startlingly good exploration of good, evil and the perseverance of love.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
Cinema Sight

Audience Reviews for Beautiful Creatures


This teen gothic drama got no love at all in the theatres, and despite its no-name leads, muddled southern accents, and liberties taken from the books (which I haven't read), it's still achingly romantic with equal parts sass, lore, and sacrifice. Ethan, a southern gentleman and scholar, dreams of a life outside Gatlin, SC, but when he falls for the town's new social pariah, Lena, a "caster" who will almost certainly be claimed by the dark side on her eighteenth birthday, he is determined to save her soul through love.

Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert's push-and-pull chemistry is remarkably sensual. Ehrenreich really shines as the squinty shucksidoodles Ethan, exhibiting folksy humor and revealing unexpected depth in the scene where Macon hexes him to plot out his disappointment of a future. Emmy Rossum is also a devilish vixen, especially in her claiming scene. Emma Thompson seems utterly out of place, seeming neither southern enough nor glamorous enough.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Chick flick here!! I am a sucker for romantic stories. This was a surprisingly good one, since I expected a cheap ripoff of the Twilight series. Good acting. Emma Thompson as the evil, and self-amused matriarch, is perfectly cast. Jeremy Irons was wonderful, as usual. I enjoyed this very much...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

I strain to recall a movie where the hunky male lead was played by someone less hunky. Still, it was a fun movie with a coherent script and nice special effects.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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