Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 13, 2013
    80
    Maybe there really are supernatural forces at work in this world. How else to explain Beautiful Creatures? The movie is an intriguing, intelligent enigma — three words not typically associated with teen romances.
  2. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Feb 13, 2013
    80
    Beautiful Creatures rises above the rabble thanks to an eminently watchable cast and a sharp screenplay by writer-director Richard LaGravenese.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Feb 12, 2013
    80
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Feb 26, 2013
    75
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 13, 2013
    75
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 13, 2013
    75
    Beautiful Creatures gives supernatural teenage romance a good name, or at least a better one than the entire "Twilight Saga" offered.
  7. 75
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Feb 13, 2013
    70
    Beautiful Creatures is good fun and I want to know what happens next for Lena the teenaged witch.
  9. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 13, 2013
    70
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 11, 2013
    70
    Fortunately, writer-director Richard LaGravenese has jettisoned most of the novel and refashioned its core mythology and characters into a feverishly enjoyable guilty pleasure.
  11. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Feb 13, 2013
    67
    Beautiful Creatures is a fascinating amalgam that demonstrates that a movie can be smart and dumb at the same time.
  12. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 13, 2013
    67
    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.
  13. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Feb 13, 2013
    67
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 15, 2013
    63
    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!
  15. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 13, 2013
    63
    Lead actor Ehrenreich conveys a spirited charm, while Englert, the object of his affections, is more blandly self-contained.
  16. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Feb 13, 2013
    63
    Whether or not you think of this as a knockoff, it has a ripeness “Twilight” never did.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 13, 2013
    63
    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.
  18. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 13, 2013
    63
    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.
  19. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 13, 2013
    63
    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.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 14, 2013
    58
    A dash – only a dash – of Tim Burton ghoulishness might have helped.
  21. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Feb 14, 2013
    50
    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.
  22. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Feb 14, 2013
    50
    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.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 14, 2013
    50
    It's a bigger yawn than it sounds.
  24. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    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.”
  25. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    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.
  26. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    The derivative script and skimpy effects don’t convey either the power or the problems of being a young witch.
  27. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    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.
  28. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 12, 2013
    50
    The movie doesn’t know if it’s a teen fantasy-romance or a more sophisticated satire that the material can’t support.
  29. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 11, 2013
    50
    Nicely cast and made with as much conviction as can be brought to something so intrinsically formulaic.
  30. 50
    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."
  31. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Feb 14, 2013
    42
    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.
  32. Reviewed by: Steve O Brien
    Feb 22, 2013
    40
    A semi-successful slice of Southern gothic panto. 

  33. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Feb 16, 2013
    40
    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.
  34. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 14, 2013
    40
    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.
  35. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Feb 13, 2013
    40
    Had this adaptation of the young adult fantasy-romance taken a few more liberties, it might have been a home run.
  36. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 12, 2013
    40
    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.
  37. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Feb 13, 2013
    33
    Beautiful Creatures is an oddball creation: a morality play with no basic understanding of morality.
  38. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 16, 2013
    30
    What a peculiar production this is. Up to a certain point, it really does promise to be romantic.
  39. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 13, 2013
    20
    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.
  40. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Feb 10, 2013
    0
    Beautiful Creatures basically spits in the face of a legacy of literature founded on feelings of exclusion and social alienation.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. Feb 18, 2013
    9
    For what it claims to be, this film is nearly perfect. Make no mistake, this film IS a supernatural teen romance. That said, it has clever (and legitimately funny, in the right way) writing, genuine acting and an interesting set up. Some of the dialogue is a little canned/forced, the narrative breezes through summaries that could have used more explanation, and the story does come across as formulaic. But honestly, who goes into a film like this expecting to be surprised by plot points? Unlike flicks like twilight which survive mostly on built in appeal (in that, if you haven't read the books, the movies are bland, boring, outright bad FILM, regardless of what you might think of the source material), Beautiful Creatures is a fun, balanced and enjoyable film for the uninitiated. (though I've heard that some changes were made from the source that might turn off dedicated fans)

    If you like the genre, you SHOULD see this film. It is easily the best version of type on film, so far. If the trailer looked interesting to you, and you go into the film expecting nothing more than what it claims to be, you should be pleasantly surprised.

    Pros:
    A supernatural teen romance with a little more brains
    Solid Acting
    Mostly good writing.

    Cons:
    Doesn't really try for anything "more" than its genre
    Some weak/canned dialogue
    low-ish budget effects in some scenes.

    I am actually excited to see this film become a franchise, and hope to see it do well.
    Full Review »
  2. Feb 15, 2013
    0
    A total tween chick flick. Another film trying to pick up on the awful Twilight franchise. Some decent talent, but no storyline at all, and highly predictable. Tell your girlfriend you liked it, but I think I would have been better off staying at home and eating a pool of my own vomit. Full Review »
  3. Aug 3, 2013
    2
    Beautiful Creatures is some kind of Twilight/Harry Potter hybrid that gave the money-hungry, cinema-hating studios a big green boner. I will not have it. Full Review »