Beastly Reviews

  • Roses and love bloom, and you might giggle yourself sick, but this is the kind of cornball entertainment that rainy afternoons were made for. Throw in a cozy sofa too. Beastly will size down well on your television.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads, Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's possible you need a break from the dirty mind of "Twilight.'' But in favor of a dollar-store "Beauty and the Beast'' with no mind at all?

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • [A] tin-eared, corny attempt at fairy-tale interpretation.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • It takes guts to transform heartthrob Alex Pettyfer into a disfigured hero for the bulk of Beastly, a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It takes even more guts to do it differently than the book's fans might expect.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • Blandly literal and flabbily familiar, the great irony of Beastly is that this filmed version of the classic parable of how beauty is only skin-deep has so very little going on under the surface.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • A pallid, formulaic teen romance that might have benefited from a little snark.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • Sure, Beastly's underlying message is a worthy one, but by the time the film gets there the audience's ability to empathize will be sorely tested.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • An intolerably sappy "Beauty and the Beast" for the Clearasil set.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • There is one good thing you can say about "Beastly": The title perfectly sums up what you'll see on screen.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • A brain-dead update of the classic fairy tale whose feeble understanding of its own point runs only skin-deep.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • More than lives up to its name with ultra-campy performances, high-glucose direction (Daniel Barnz), laughable dialogue, cheesy effects and a back-lot simulation of a Manhattan street that wouldn't pass muster on an after-school special.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • What really grates about this movie, apart from the atrocious script, direction and acting, is the premise that "unusual" is synonymous with "ugly."

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • You have to admire the bravery of the filmmakers, who went ahead and made a movie despite not understanding the subject matter. It's also pretty impressive that anyone could miss the point of Beauty and the Beast.

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

  • Beastly gets one timeless fact right: For hatchet faces, fatty cakes and Frankenskanks, high school can definitely feel like a curse.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • Like Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens is blessed with amazing looks to go along with her limited acting.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • The best thing about this movie -- starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen -- is that it's only 86 minutes long.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

  • Beastly is just as superficial and obsessed with looks as the characters and the mindset it rails against, which would seem like a bitter, frustrating irony if it merited the emotional reaction to care that much.

    Christy Lemire — Associated Press

  • Beauty and the Beast Lite. Might appeal to 11-year-old girls.

    Richard Roeper — Richard Roeper.com

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