Beautiful Creatures tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan, a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena, a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. (Warner Bros.)
Film informationGenre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
- Arizona Republic - by Kerry Lengel
Beautiful Creatures rises above the rabble thanks to an eminently watchable cast and a sharp screenplay by writer-director Richard LaGravenese. ...
- Village Voice - by Alan Scherstuhl
Director Richard LaGravenese, who also adapted the novel, lavishes the material with greater wit than its demographic demands, and the central love story feels warm-blooded—the air prickles between the leads. ...read more
- Film.com - by Laremy Legel
This film could have gone horribly wrong, but the characters and chemistry are strong, and as such Beautiful Creatures should be lauded for elegantly delivering a tale that at least feels fresh and vibrant. ...read more
- San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
Beautiful Creatures has its metaphysical cosmology worked out, and it gives it to us in doses big enough that we understand its rules and believe in its world, but not so big that it starts to get cute or that we stop caring. ...read more
- Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
There’s something so delicious when Brits such as Thompson and Irons sink their fangs – sorry – into Deep South dialect. Thompson devours scenery, supporting players and dialogue with every “Bless your heart, shooo-gah” in the script, and Irons curls his non-existent mustache with every syrupy zinger. ...read more
- Time - by Mary Pols
Beautiful Creatures is good fun and I want to know what happens next for Lena the teenaged witch. ...read more
- The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
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. ...
- Variety - by Peter Debruge
Fortunately, writer-director Richard LaGravenese has jettisoned most of the novel and refashioned its core mythology and characters into a feverishly enjoyable guilty pleasure. ...
- Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
Beautiful Creatures, more than the "Twilight" films, 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. ...read more
- The Playlist - by Drew Taylor
Writer/director Richard LaGravenese tries his damnedest to deftly navigate the clunky plot, and while it's not exactly a home run, it's still an incredibly stylish, evocative, edgy (was that an incest reference?) and frequently funny (there's even a Nancy Reagan joke) Southern Gothic romance. ...read more
- Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
Beautiful Creatures tries terribly hard to establish its own mythology of magic and witchcraft and Southern-fried adolescent angst. This isn't Hogwarts, though, and it's not even Forks High from Twilight, but boy, you know Warner Bros., the studio behind Beautiful Creatures, wants it to be! ...
- USA Today - by Claudia Puig
Lead actor Ehrenreich conveys a spirited charm, while Englert, the object of his affections, is more blandly self-contained. ...read more
- Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
Whether or not you think of this as a knockoff, it has a ripeness “Twilight” never did. ...
- Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
It’s all a big, gluey metaphor for a girl’s sexual fears and raging mom conflicts, and, as in “Twilight,” the metaphor itself gets buried under mounting waves of CGI nonsense and a ridiculous back story about reincarnated Civil War lovers. ...
- Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
Beautiful Creatures springs to life whenever Irons, Thompson or Rossum is centerstage. The grown-ups get to wear all the coolest costumes and spout all the juiciest lines. Problem is, this isn't their story. It's first and foremost a semi-plodding teen romance with supernatural overtones. ...
- ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
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. ...read more
- Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
A dash – only a dash – of Tim Burton ghoulishness might have helped. ...read more
- Miami Herald - by Connie Ogle
There’s potential here, a decent story and a cast well-stocked with grownup cinematic luminaries. But this supernatural Gothic romance is a prisoner of its own demons, which include sketchy Southern accents, tacky and tired stereotypes and faux homespun dialogue in the wrong mouths. ...read more
- New York Post - by Kyle Smith
The danger of trying to do a supernatural comedy-romance is that you’ll wind up being as funny as “Twilight,” with all the raw sexual energy of “Bewitched.” Beautiful Creatures isn’t quite that bad, though it did make me long for the cleverer “Dark Shadows.” ...
- The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
What promised to be a teen screwball comedy with a supernatural twist soon descends into special-effects overkill and camp acting from the overqualified supporting cast. ...read more
- Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
When classy, pedigreed British actors go hog-wild under the flowering dogwood trees of a Southern Gothic setting, often the results are good. Just as often they're so bad they're good. And sometimes, as is the case with Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson in Beautiful Creatures, they're simply doing the best they can under the circumstances. ...read more
- New York Observer - by Rex Reed
The movie doesn’t know if it’s a teen fantasy-romance or a more sophisticated satire that the material can’t support. ...read more
- The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
Nicely cast and made with as much conviction as can be brought to something so intrinsically formulaic. ...read more
- New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
I enjoyed this piece of southern-fried screwball Gothic whimsy (with jolts of CGI spell-casting for the multiplex crowd) so much that I’m sad to admit that it’s nowhere near as potent as "Twilight." ...read more
- The Guardian - by Xan Brooks
The plot is wildly silly and shot full of holes, maundering endlessly on its slow trawl towards the climax. But the cast at least play it like they mean it, and keep it honest for a spell. ...
- New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
Beautiful Creatures is still an unabashed imitator, hewing closely to the "Twilight" blueprint. Some might go so far as to call it a blatant ripoff, as the differences between the two are cosmetic at best. ...read more
- Empire - by Helen O'Hara
Had this adaptation of the young adult fantasy-romance taken a few more liberties, it might have been a home run. ...read more
- Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
As with many young-adult book-to-film series, Beautiful Creatures plays like an illustrated compendium of scenes from the novel, as opposed to a finely tuned narrative all its own. ...read more
- The A.V. Club - by Tasha Robinson
Beautiful Creatures is an oddball creation: a morality play with no basic understanding of morality. ...read more
- Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
What a peculiar production this is. Up to a certain point, it really does promise to be romantic. ...
- New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
Who could have predicted that one day we would long for the relative subtlety of “Twilight”? Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures is so outrageously florid, Bella and Edward’s baroque courtship looks understated by comparison. ...read more