'Beastly' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   4 reviews
21%
Rotten Tomatoes:   95 reviews
  • Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    9
    Stunningly bad.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads, Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    25
    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?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)
    [A] tin-eared, corny attempt at fairy-tale interpretation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nancy Churnin Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    20
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    A pallid, formulaic teen romance that might have benefited from a little snark.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    An intolerably sappy "Beauty and the Beast" for the Clearasil set.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Randy Cordova Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    20
    There is one good thing you can say about "Beastly": The title perfectly sums up what you'll see on screen.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    A brain-dead update of the classic fairy tale whose feeble understanding of its own point runs only skin-deep.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    13
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    Witty, warm, well-cast and often wickedly funny, it lets Vanessa Hudgens shine and Alex Pettyfer give a hint of what all the fuss over him is about.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    What really grates about this movie, apart from the atrocious script, direction and acting, is the premise that "unusual" is synonymous with "ugly."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    17
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Beastly gets one timeless fact right: For hatchet faces, fatty cakes and Frankenskanks, high school can definitely feel like a curse.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    Like Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens is blessed with amazing looks to go along with her limited acting.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    The best thing about this movie -- starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen -- is that it's only 86 minutes long.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    40
    Beauty and the Beast Lite. Might appeal to 11-year-old girls.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    60
    A sly and pleasant-enough young-adult programmer that is more likeable than not.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Movie Nation
    75
    Under-rated.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    75
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jason Best Movie Talk
    Daniel Barnz's movie certainly doesn't have any inner depth behind its slick surface, but Neil Patrick Harris's nifty wisecracks, Mary-Kate Olsen's spooky glares and the brisk pacing means that Beastly isn't quite as hideous as you might imagine
    Full Review » 3 years ago