Beautiful Creatures

2013, Fantasy/Romance, 2h 3m

184 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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

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In the small town of Gatlin, S.C., teenage Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) sees his static world shaken by the arrival of Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the niece of town patriarch Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons). Immediately, Ethan feels drawn to Lena, even though destruction seems to surround her, and she has supernatural powers that are beyond her control. Worse still, a curse looms for Lena at the approach of her 16th birthday -- a time when the forces of either light or dark will claim her.

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  • Oct 14, 2015
    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.
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  • Jan 01, 2015
    In "Beautiful Creatures," Ethan(Alden Ehrenreich) is a senior in high school and already a prolific reader. So, it is no surprise that he dreams, not only about going to college far away but also about a mysterious young woman that he associates with lightning. When that turns out to be Lena Duchannes(Alice Englert) of a mysterious local family, now in his high school, that only serves to pique his interest even more. At least her uncle Macon(Jeremy Irons) invites him in for tea before warning his niece and not just about the usual teenage hormonal stuff either. While entertaining, "Beautiful Creatures" is also extremely broad, assuming that the South is still ruled by book bannings and Civil War reenactments. And yes this has been compared to the 'Twilight' franchise, of which, I am blissfully unaware of...but the books I'm most interested in are the ones Ethan reads and of which I am always a sucker for.(Yes, no teenager should be reading 'Tropic of Cancer' but that's presuming he can make any sense out of it in the first place.) So, while Alice Englert fares better here than Alden Ehrenreich, it is the grownups, especially Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and Emmy Rossum, but also including Viola Davis, Eileen Atkins and Margo Martindale who are the real draw here, especially when they cut loose.
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  • Jul 29, 2014
    I didn't really like how this ended, but I thought it was a decent movie overall. It started off a little slow for me, but I got more into it as it went on.
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  • Feb 17, 2014
    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.
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