Beautiful Creatures (2013)

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Critic Consensus: 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
Rating:
PG-13 (for violence, scary images and some sexual material)
Genre:
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Cast

Alden Ehrenreich
as Ethan Wate
Alice Englert
as Lena Duchannes
Jeremy Irons
as Macon Ravenwood
Emmy Rossum
as Ridley
Emma Thompson
as Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine
Eileen Atkins
as Gramma
Margo Martindale
as Aunt Del
Zoey Deutch
as Emily Asher
Tiffany Boone
as Savannah Snow
Rachel Brosnahan
as Genevieve Duchannes
Kyle Gallner
as Larkin Ravenwood
Robin Skye
as Mrs. Hester
Randy Redd
as Reverend Stephens
Lance E. Nichols
as Mayor Snow
Leslie Castay
as Principal Herbert
Sam Gilroy
as Ethan Carter Wate
Cindy Hogan
as Mrs. Asher
Gwendolyn Mulamba
as Mrs. Snow
Cole Burden
as Union Captain
Billy Wheelan
as Union Soldier
Christopher Darby
as Train Teen
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Creatures

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (44)

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

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

'Beautiful Creatures' is stylish, campy fun at times.

Full Review… | February 18, 2013
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

The movie is claimed ... by narrative incoherence, Tim Burton-envy and the usual demons of digital effects.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
NPR
Top Critic

A dash -- only a dash -- of Tim Burton ghoulishness might have helped.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Beautiful Creatures

½

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.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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