Box art for Beautiful Creatures

  Beautiful Creatures

drama, romance


Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) has had nightmares for months and now his world is shaken up with the arrival of Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the owner of gothic Ravenwood Manor.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    46%
  • Audience Score
    55%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Lush book adaptation mixes romance, fantasy, some violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beautiful Creatures is based on the best-selling paranormal romance by Kami Garcia and Maragaret Stohl. Teens and mature tweens, especially fans of the four-part book series, will be eager to see the tale brought to life on the big screen. The movie has even more romance (including kissing, making out, and seduction) than in the book, with the central couple moving out of "friends" mode faster here than they did in the original story. Language includes "s--t" and "ass," and there's gun and magical violence that kills one beloved character and injures a bunch of mean teens. Discussion fodder includes some messages about the dangers of being close minded.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Beautiful Creatures' message. What is it saying about being open to differences? About censorship?
  • How does the Beautiful Creatures story contrast to Twilight? Are there any similarities beyond the forbidden young love?
  • Is Ethan and Lena's romance a positive relationship role model for teens? How do each of them make sacrifices for the other's well being? Is it believable for a 15- and 16-year-old to have such an intense connection?
  • Fans of the books: What changes made sense for the page-to-screen transformation? What parts do you miss?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The movie is an intriguing, intelligent enigma - three words not typically associated with teen romances.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rotten: A clear bid to ignite a franchise capable of filling the hole left in teenage hearts by the end of the Twilight saga.

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fresh: ...a new vision of witchery that is more playful, coherent and intelligent. If you're thinking a deep-fried, more hormonally charged Harry Potter, that's not it, but it's close to the intention at least.

- Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies, Thursday, February 14, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Beautiful Creates is one of those films that takes the elements from the Twilight franchise, but reinvents it significantly to make it an enjoyable film. By no means is this a great film, but it is certainly better than Twilight. What separates both films is that this film has a far better cast and slightly better plot, although they're at times quite similar. With that being said, to those that hated Twilight, they may find something better in this one as it works out all the mistakes from the Twilight franchise. I liked the film for what it was, and I thought that the cast did a good job with the material as well. The strength of the film lies in its visuals and the film looks absolutely great. One thing that stands out in Beautiful Creates is the performance of Jeremy Irons, who always lights up the screen with his screen presence. Twilight failed to deliver anything truly compelling for the viewer, however when you combine the supernatural overtones of a horror film, and include a romantic storyline that is well done. Aside from the usual clichs, this is a well executed movie that is quite entertaining from start to finish. Even with all its flaws, I much preferred this film over Twilight and it shows that when you have a slightly better script and better cast, you're able to deliver a better movie. Jeremy Irons holds this film together and overall, I liked the film for what it was and I'm not one that usually enjoys these types of films. For viewers that are skeptics, there's more than just a simple "romance" here. If you were disappointed by Twilight, then this film will most likely give you what you're looking for. This is the better supernatural romance film, and it has a far better sense of visuals that is very stylish and sets some great atmosphere throughout the film. Beautiful Creature is not a perfect film, but is one worth checking out.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, February 24, 2013

3 stars

Macon: You control your own nature and loving this boy puts you in terrible danger. If Twilight has paved the way for movies like Warm Bodies and Beautiful Creatures to be made, then I am all for it at this point. I am not actively seeking out paranormal teen romance movies, but the fallout from one self-serious franchise has led to a couple, more accessible and enjoyable features that I have quite liked. Beautiful Features is a mix of melodramatic narrative beats and campy, witch-related supernatural drama, all set in a Southern gothic horror location, but the film is a lot of fun. The young leads are very likable and have great chemistry, therefore making the key romance work overall. The adult actors are all having a ball chewing up the scenery, making the movie practically aware of itself, short of winking at the camera. A good majority of this film is really effective, as the charisma of this cast, the strength of the dialogue, the moments of humor, and the great visuals do plenty to keep it entertaining. It is only when the film forces the exposition and attempts to link it to the rest of a presumed franchise that the story suffers overall. It comes with the territory, but the film better than just another Twilight clone. read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

- DrZeek, Wednesday, February 13, 2013

1 star

Ethan (Ehrenreich) is bored of life in Gatlin, a bible-obsessed hamlet in rural South Carolina, where he is made to feel like an outsider for preferring to spend his time in the town's library rather than any of its twelve churches. When the mysterious Lena (Englert) arrives in town, the two immediately develop a relationship. Lena possesses a dark secret however; she is a "Caster", a witch-like creature. On her upcoming sixteenth birthday, she must go through a process known as "The Claiming" which will decide whether her powers will ultimately be used for good or evil. Now that the 'Twilight' saga has been wrapped up and put back in its coffin, Hollywood is desperate for a new fantasy franchise that will appeal to moody teens. It's hard to imagine 'Beautiful Creatures', also based on a series of young-adult novels, taking the place of the vampire saga. While the central premise of a teen facing a huge life change on her sixteenth birthday may be something young adults can identify with, the story as a whole lacks direction. The film veers wildly from brooding drama to comedy; the youthful leads seem to be taking things a lot more seriously than the likes of Irons, Rossum and Thompson, who opt for a far more campy, over the top approach. The 'Twilight' franchise, in both book and movie form, has been heavily criticized for being little more than a far right Christian recruitment campaign. For much of 'Beautiful Creatures', you could be forgiven for believing it a secular alternative to the more popular series. Religious types are portrayed as intolerant wackos and the lead character Ethan describes the library as his "place of worship, full of all that's holy - ideas". By the end, however, he has been convinced of the error of his ways and finds himself joining a church congregation. I guess Hollywood doesn't care too much for the secular dollar.

- moviewaffle, Wednesday, February 13, 2013