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Beautiful Creatures Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
Beautiful Creatures is like the Twilight movies but with a chaperone making sure the boys dance a foot apart from the girls.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 18, 2013
'Beautiful Creatures' is stylish, campy fun at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
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February 14, 2013
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 14, 2013
A dash -- only a dash -- of Tim Burton ghoulishness might have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 14, 2013
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.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
February 14, 2013
Beautiful Creatures rests entirely upon the shoulders of leads. And in that sense, it completely works.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 14, 2013
As supernatural types, Oscar winners Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson overact so strenuously and with such outrageously awful Southern accents that you fear the damage this crock may do to their reputations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 14, 2013
Within the needlessly complicated script and CGI special-effects overkill, there are some promising moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
February 14, 2013
Beautiful Creatures is good fun and I want to know what happens next for Lena the teenaged witch.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 14, 2013
A clear bid to ignite a franchise capable of filling the hole left in teenage hearts by the end of the Twilight saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 14, 2013
The original young-adult book had even more going on, but filmmaker Richard LaGravenese has tried to simplify it. Even so, the movie's mythology seems confused if not outright contradictory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 14, 2013
If only we could hope that Beautiful Creatures would stick to a single film or a maximum of one sequel, before its modest charms wear out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
February 14, 2013
...a new vision of witchery that is more playful, coherent and intelligent. If you're thinking a deep-fried, more hormonally charged Harry Potter, that's not it, but it's close to the intention at least.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 14, 2013
Beautiful Creatures tries terribly hard to establish its own mythology of magic and witchcraft and Southern-fried adolescent angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 14, 2013
A movie so schizoid in its extremes of pleasure and pain that it's hard to know how to weigh its contradictions, or even where to begin separating them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
February 14, 2013
Beautiful Creatures is an oddball creation: a morality play with no basic understanding of morality.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 14, 2013
In the end, "Beautiful Creatures" is lacking in the one element it most needs: magic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 14, 2013
The comedy defuses and deflates the drama, frustrating those who would be swept away by belief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 14, 2013
This is silly stuff, but powerful all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2013
The movie is an intriguing, intelligent enigma - three words not typically associated with teen romances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 13, 2013
This romp into the occult has a potent sense of humor. That comic edge and strong dialogue raises the movie's quality over most teen romances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 13, 2013
What's missing -- from the entire movie -- is that magical spark that can turn a film into a franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 13, 2013
In the end, "Beautiful Creatures" has one overarching problem: It's boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 13, 2013
There's not much new under the moon here, which makes what the writer and director Richard LaGravenese does with the story all the more notable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 13, 2013
Plays like a funnier, edgier, Southern-gothic knockoff of the "Twilight" universe, with a distinct liberal-secular sensibility and without the virginal sexuality, po-faced seriousness or undertones of Christianity.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 13, 2013
While it's never quite as spellbinding as its witchcraft-themed story line promises, "Beautiful Creatures" is a welcome addition to the ranks of paranormal teen romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 13, 2013
The derivative script and skimpy effects don't convey either the power or the problems of being a young witch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 13, 2013
More laughs are expected in the next two installments of what threatens to become a trilogy. It's early, but I'm already making plans to be out of town.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
February 13, 2013
This is campy and overcooked, boringly piling on special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 13, 2013
[It] lacks danger and momentum. The audience, like Ethan, spends way too much time waiting around for Lena to learn whether she's a good girl or a bad girl.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
February 13, 2013
Empowerment and powerlessness become entangled in a coming-of-age myth that could prove appealing to young women for many sequels to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 13, 2013
I kind of dug "Beautiful Creatures," even if I, like most of you, am ready to drive a stake into the entire "My boyfriend/girlfriend is a vampire/werewolf/alien/zombie/Sasquatch" genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 13, 2013
You want this star-crossed couple to stick together, come what may - and that's rare enough at the movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 13, 2013
A strong cast of likable and, yes, beautiful actors can only do so much with the formula in which they're forced to work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
February 13, 2013
It's first and foremost a semi-plodding teen romance with supernatural overtones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
February 12, 2013
Its primness aside, the movie is terrific fun and much more affecting than Twilight or Supernatural.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 12, 2013
Beautiful Creatures plays like an illustrated compendium of scenes from the novel, as opposed to a finely tuned narrative all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 12, 2013
That Beautiful Creatures can offer both sumptuous silliness and a teen couple whose relationship actually matters is its own particular brand of magic.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 11, 2013
A concoction that makes highly calculated use of fantasy, fates, taboos, young love and visual hocus-pocus to ensnare an audience in a narrative web that's pretty darn ridiculous.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
February 11, 2013
The film ultimately plays like so much teenage girl poetry, heavy on the angst, endearingly naive in its notions of love and yet brought vividly to life by a game cast, evocative locations (both indoors and out) and stunning anamorphic lensing.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 11, 2013
Beautiful Creatures isn't pure camp -- there's some real emotion in there. But not enough to hit you on a primal level.