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: Tasha Robinson
    Feb 13, 2013
    Beautiful Creatures is an oddball creation: a morality play with no basic understanding of morality.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 16, 2013
    What a peculiar production this is. Up to a certain point, it really does promise to be romantic.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 13, 2013
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Feb 10, 2013
    Beautiful Creatures basically spits in the face of a legacy of literature founded on feelings of exclusion and social alienation.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. Feb 18, 2013
    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.

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

    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.
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  2. Feb 15, 2013
    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
    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 »