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Beastly Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
June 2, 2013
So this isn't a great re-imagining of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, but Beastly does have mass tweener appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 28, 2013
Under-rated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 31, 2011
Daniel Barnz's movie certainly doesn't have any inner depth behind its slick surface, but Neil Patrick Harris's nifty wisecracks, Mary-Kate Olsen's spooky glares and the brisk pacing means that Beastly isn't quite as hideous as you might imagine
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Hudgens is a likeable on-screen presence, Olsen a complete riot, and Pettyfer teases teeny bits of a performance as a genuinely unpleasant baddie that could be the making of him one day, should the right script come along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 25, 2011
Beneath it all, however, is a movie with a good heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
March 11, 2011
Definitely appealing to teen girls, anyone else will only accompany them if they have true inner beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
March 8, 2011
Disney did it better but this is an acceptable re-telling of the old Beauty and the Beast legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
March 4, 2011
Teens convinced that a pimple will kill their social life will find Beastly bracingly honest. It's the cynicism, not the phoned-in uplift, that works in this JV Grand Guignol.
| Original Score: C
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 4, 2011
Resistance to this sort of commingling of the classical tale with the high school milieu is, as ever, totally futile, and to its credit, Beastly doesn't try so hard to fit within the framework of the fairy tale that it bends itself all out of shape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 4, 2011
An adequate updating of the "Beauty and the Beast" tale for a sliver of young film fans
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 4, 2011
Beastly gets one timeless fact right: For hatchet faces, fatty cakes and Frankenskanks, high school can definitely feel like a curse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 4, 2011
...Beastly benefits substantially from an uplifting, thoroughly satisfying conclusion that's arrived at without the assistance of a fake break-up...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 3, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
March 3, 2011
In an era of bullies and mean girls, "Gossip Girls" and "Pretty Little Liars," it's nice to have such a tenderhearted fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 3, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
March 3, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2011
A sly and pleasant-enough young-adult programmer that is more likeable than not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
March 2, 2011
Beastly, for all its potential pitfalls, works better than it has any right to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
June 3, 2011
Beauty and the blech.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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