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Beautiful Creatures Reviews

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J. Olson
April 9, 2016
It never finds any kind of balance, going from tasteful but kind of dull to inane and sort of captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Kendrick
February 14, 2013
For a film about love and witches, Beautiful Creatures is a passionless experience, surprisingly devoid of actual movie magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
February 13, 2013
This crass, empty studio calculation is easily one of the worst films I have ever watched for review.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
December 23, 2013
A superficial supernatural story that aimlessly seeks to follow in the footsteps of 'Twilight.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
February 12, 2013
A supernatural spell of boringness smothers it all.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
February 14, 2013
Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and an under-used Viola Davis all lend some credibility to what could have otherwise become a laughable farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
February 15, 2013
The special effects are rarely special. Bad movie practice looms large as characters have private conversations out in the open or worse again, narrate the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
February 21, 2013
Oozing with the angst of a teenager that has just been banned from using Facebook for a week
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
February 10, 2013
Beautiful Creatures basically spits in the face of a legacy of literature founded on feelings of exclusion and social alienation.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Sarah Ward
February 22, 2013
It is the encompassing mythology that is muddied and murky, complete with misogynistic renderings of female sexuality that the mystical packaging can't overcome.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
February 25, 2013
We rush through the background of the characters with the focus more on building the lovey-dovey relationship between Ethan and Lena.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jason Zingale
February 13, 2013
Beautiful Creatures doesn't feel like it was made by a studio that loved the books, but rather the idea of success that a film adaptation might bring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 14, 2013
A clumsy mess of supernatural hooey that conveniently shifts its rules and reasoning whenever the story needs a shove in the direction of its inevitable showdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 14, 2013
Viola Davis suffers the greatest indignity, literally playing a magic Negro who holds down two jobs; one as a housekeeper and the other as a supernatural librarian. Both serve white people.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
February 15, 2013
Lena's curse is ladled on with a bulldozer, the heavy need for repeated exposition always making the film feel like an adaptation rather than a pure movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
February 13, 2013
The weaknesses of Beautiful Creatures ultimately outweigh the strengths but the conviction of the central relationship is good enough to keep things from becoming laughably bad, even if it all comes apart toward the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 13, 2013
Irons and Thompson, whose Oscars aren't likely to get any company for their supporting turns here, at least bring the zest generally lacking from writer-director Richard LaGravenese's dutiful adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 14, 2013
The movie is claimed ... by narrative incoherence, Tim Burton-envy and the usual demons of digital effects.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
February 15, 2013
Repeat after me: Two appealing leads do not a movie make. Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert are likable in a film that never really goes anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Steve O'Brien
Total Film
February 19, 2013
A semi-successful slice of Southern gothic panto.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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