Beautiful Creatures (2001)



Critic Consensus: 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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Two women who might not guess just how much they have in common are brought together under highly unusual circumstances in this dark comedy. Dorothy (Susan Lynch) is an upper-class British woman whose marriage to Tony (Iain Glen) is on the rocks; after a furious argument during a trip out of town, Dorothy arrives home to discovers Tony has left, but not before trashing their flat and everything in it. While trying to catch a bus across town, Dorothy sees a man who appears to be drunk, reading the riot act to a woman cowering at his insults. Enraged, Dorothy attacks the man with a pole, knocking him out. The woman, named Petula (Rachel Weisz), informs Dorothy that her victim is Brian (Tom Mannion), her boyfriend, who is also the brother of Ronnie (Maurice Roeves), her employer. Petula helps Dorothy drag the unconscious Brian back to her apartment, but they soon discover that she didn't just knock him out; she mortally wounded him. Now Dorothy and Petula have to dispose of a dead body while keeping the facts away from Brian's family, as well as the law. Beautiful Creatures was the first feature produced by DNA Films, a production company financed in part by the U.K. Lotto and headed up by two of Britain's leading producers, Duncan Kentworthy and Andrew Macdonald.
R (strong violence and sexuality, drug use and language)
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Susan Lynch
as Dorothy
Iain Glen
as Tony
Rachel Weisz
as Petula
Tom Mannion
as Brian
Pauline Lynch
as Sheena
Alex Norton
as Hepburn
Robin Laing
as Garage Attendant
Jake D'Arcy
as Train Guard
Paul Doonan
as Man in Lift
John Murtagh
as Man on Beach
Shane Cadzow
as Small Boy on Beach
Juliet Cadzow
as Mother on Beach
Stewart Preston
as Duty Sergeant
Ron Donachie
as Police Pathologist
Joel Strachan
as Sergeant Binnie
Stuart Hepburn
as Policeman on Bridge
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Creatures

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (20)

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Emits an aura of contrived cool.

April 27, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Too much style and not enough of anything else.

April 27, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The dialogue is banal and the characters are irritatingly dumb.

Full Review… | April 24, 2001
Top Critic

Tedious and unfunny.

Full Review… | April 23, 2001
Top Critic

Why should boys have all the fun in the movies?

Full Review… | April 20, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Beautiful Creatures

Maybe the low reviews gave me low expectations so I found it better than expected. Some good twists and turns that keep you interested to find out who knows what and how it will come together.

G Loftin
G Loftin

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)

Bill Cavros
Bill Cavros

Super Reviewer

I am certainly in the minority on this one. I enjoyed it, particularly the leads. Susan Lynch is quite good and Rachel Weisz is terrific, they make the movie work. It's a good balance of humor and crime thriller. There are a few slow patches, but nothing terrible and for the most part it held my interest. Good cinematography.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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