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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

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46

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 171
Fresh: 78 | Rotten: 93

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

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 26

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

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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) WB

May 21, 2013

$19.4M

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All Critics (171) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (93) | DVD (1)

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

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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'Beautiful Creatures' is stylish, campy fun at times.

February 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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The movie is claimed ... by narrative incoherence, Tim Burton-envy and the usual demons of digital effects.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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This surprisingly beguiling attempt to blend fantasy, coming-of-age drama, melodrama, camp and social critique isn't always successful - but it's nearly always entertaining.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
NPR
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A dash -- only a dash -- of Tim Burton ghoulishness might have helped.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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This fantasy about witches and warlocks walking among us was clearly produced for the Twilight crowd, but a witty script and the enjoyably hammy performances from Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons broaden its appeal.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A superficial supernatural story that aimlessly seeks to follow in the footsteps of 'Twilight.'

December 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
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.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

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

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Twitch

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

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The two young leads are fine, but you find yourself wondering why Oscar-winners like Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson signed on. Perhaps they were told this franchise was going to be the new Harry Potter? To be clear, it isn't.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Beautiful Creatures is a half-filled glass of teen pablum...

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

I wanted to know more about the Casters, and hopefully we'll get a sequel to round out the mythos better.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This is a perfectly solid coming-of-age fantasy, closer in spirit to 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' than to the recent spate of Stephenie Meyer clones.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

I found myself growing incredibly bored by the film. Nothing was new or fresh enough to earn my interest.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Who would've thought that Emo Witches and Satanic Southern MILFS could end up being so entertaining?

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

Any hope of tapping into the Twilight vibe is pretty much neutered by the film's haphazard storyline, stuttering pace and inordinate length.

March 17, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

...much weirder, cooler and knowing, more in league with something like The Perks of Being a Wallflower than anything Stephenie Meyer will ever create. It doesn't aim higher; it aims in several competing, uncharted directions.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Trying to become the next "Twilight," it is a better film in most respects than any entry in that franchise - although that's damning it with faint praise.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Director Richard LaGravenese helms this dark-magic romantic fantasy, and it's surprisingly better than the unfair label with which it's been slapped (yep, you know the one: it just wants to be another damn Twilight)

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

There are some impressive special effects in the film, but these are used sparingly. The main story is the love affair, and it is surrounded by so much acting talent that the rest of the story works.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

We rush through the background of the characters with the focus more on building the lovey-dovey relationship between Ethan and Lena.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

LaGravenese elicits some wonderfully hammy turns, particularly from Irons and Thompson, although a tighter edit wouldn't have gone amiss

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald

Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich give performances that make this thing worth seeing. Given that the story is preposterous, it's entertaining enough to keep you awake most of the time.

February 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

While this movie easily has more charm than the cynically produced Twilight films, it somehow lacks the charisma.

February 23, 2013 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Audience Reviews for Beautiful Creatures

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...
March 31, 2014
itsjustme2004

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.
February 17, 2014
cchclaw

Super Reviewer

A gothic romance with supernatural elements thrown in to appease those wretched poor among the sensation-deprived, is lush and kitschy fun (more so with the over-the-top additions of Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons darkly waltzing all over it, the easy English affinity for the Southern dialect nearly lambasted). And as a side note, Dhani Harrison (George's son) provides the interesting soundtrack. Better than the Twilight series it nearly resembles (the teen angst/romance thing) for its acting and characterisations, still the plot loses the uumph it would've needed to push this out of teen drama territory.
January 4, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable enough with two big names it is watchable but not a must see. Is a very teen movie though.
September 16, 2013
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    1. Ethan Wate: They keep re-enacting the Civil War like it's gonna turn out different.
    – Submitted by Frances H (43 days ago)
    1. Ethan Wate: You still don't get it, do you? I don't wanna be any further away from you than I am right now. One way or another... Love is a risk for anybody... Go ahead, kill me.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Ethan Wate: There are no coincidences.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Lena Duchannes: Bless your heart, sugar. You must have been first in your litter.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Lena Duchannes: There's a new world, mama. It ain't all dark, and it ain't all light, and it ain't all ours.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Ethan Wate: (Lena has just made the lianas outside her window grow) Woah. Can you make anything grow.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
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