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Time Out
April 20, 2011
'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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 4, 2011
In every aspect, from story to tone to characterization to visual aesthetic, it's laughably perfunctory, as though everyone involved were too embarrassed to give it more than a half-ironic token effort.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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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
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
March 5, 2011
Stunningly bad.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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March 4, 2011
There are flashes of genuine wit and charm that, while they cannot support the rest, hint at what was intended and not realized.
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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
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
March 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: D
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 0.5/4
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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
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
March 3, 2011
[A] tin-eared, corny attempt at fairy-tale interpretation.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
March 3, 2011
A pallid, formulaic teen romance that might have benefited from a little snark.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 3, 2011
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 3, 2011
Like Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens is blessed with amazing looks to go along with her limited acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 3, 2011
It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads, Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.
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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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2011
An intolerably sappy "Beauty and the Beast" for the Clearasil set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 3, 2011
Beauty and the Beast Lite. Might appeal to 11-year-old girls.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 3, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 3, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
March 3, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 3, 2011
The best thing about this movie -- starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen -- is that it's only 86 minutes long.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 3, 2011
A brain-dead update of the classic fairy tale whose feeble understanding of its own point runs only skin-deep.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 3, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
March 2, 2011
There is one good thing you can say about "Beastly": The title perfectly sums up what you'll see on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5