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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.)

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Release date: Feb 14, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material
 
Official website: http://beautifulcreaturesmovie.com
 
Runtime: 124 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 80
    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

  • 75
    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

  • 75
    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

  • 75
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    Beautiful Creatures gives supernatural teenage romance a good name, or at least a better one than the entire "Twilight Saga" offered. ...

  • 75
    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

  • 70
    Time - by Mary Pols
    Beautiful Creatures is good fun and I want to know what happens next for Lena the teenaged witch. ...read more

  • 70
    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. ...

  • 70
    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. ...

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Marjorie Baumgarten
    Beautiful Creatures is a fascinating amalgam that demonstrates that a movie can be smart and dumb at the same time. ...read more

  • 67
    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

  • 67
    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

  • 63
    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! ...read more

  • 63
    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

  • 63
    Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
    Whether or not you think of this as a knockoff, it has a ripeness “Twilight” never did. ...read more

  • 63
    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. ...read more

  • 63
    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. ...read more

  • 63
    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

  • 50
    Washington Post - by Michael O'Sullivan
    His screenplay for Beautiful Creatures is sharp and witty, considering the needlessly complicated source material. His cast is stellar, and the chemistry between his young stars magical. But too much of rest of the movie, like Thompson’s monstrous mother, is an unholy mess. ...read more

  • 50
    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

  • 50
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    It's a bigger yawn than it sounds. ...read more

  • 50
    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.” ...read more

  • 50
    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

  • 50
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    The derivative script and skimpy effects don’t convey either the power or the problems of being a young witch. ...read more

  • 50
    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

  • 50
    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

  • 50
    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

  • 50
    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

  • 42
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    The film looks old-fashioned, too, with cinematography and special effects so reminiscent of old-school, live-action Disney flicks such as "Something Wicked This Way Comes" that you wonder if it was an aesthetic choice or a budgetary concession. Either way, it doesn't work. ...read more

  • 40
    Total Film - by Steve O Brien
    A semi-successful slice of Southern gothic panto. 
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  • 40
    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. ...read more

  • 40
    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

  • 40
    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

  • 40
    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

  • 30
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    What a peculiar production this is. Up to a certain point, it really does promise to be romantic. ...read more

  • 20
    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

  • 0
    Slant Magazine - by Calum Marsh
    Beautiful Creatures basically spits in the face of a legacy of literature founded on feelings of exclusion and social alienation. ...read more

Beautiful Creatures is the latest attempt by a Hollywood studio to cash in on the popularity of a YA (Young Adult) series. In this case, instead of vampires and werewolves, it's witches and warlocks. ...
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Beautiful Creatures is arriving in a marketplace full of Twilight junkies still eager for their supernatural teen-romantic fix, and the film's concept couldn't be clearer: It's Twilight with the sexes...
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Photo by John Bramley - Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures If you want to attract a young audience with a love story these days, it seems you have to make the leading characters zombies o...
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Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) wants to shake off the dust of small town Gatlin, South Carolina and move to the big city. That is, until a mysterious new girl in town, Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert...
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