Excerpt: The public’s pitiful reception of Beautiful Creatures suggests it is a lame attempt to cash in on the Twilight craze. While there’s obviously an element of that to this production’s timing, this supernatural romantic drama is its own entity with more substantial characters and themes.
Excerpt: Those expecting “Beautiful Creatures” to be a Southern fried “Harry Potter” knock-off will be pleasantly surprised to find out they’re wrong. Writer/director Richard LaGravenese’s adaptation of the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is more of a supernatural “Romeo and Juliet,” and that’s not as bad as you might be worrying. Better news yet, it isn’t reminiscent of “Twilight.”
Excerpt: Beautiful Creatures never feels the need to fully explain its universe to us, resulting in scenes of supernatural happenings that we have no way of relating to. The rules are invented and reinvented as the film progresses: characters or events don’t resolve conflict, exposition does.
Excerpt: An imaginative adolescent gothic romance, “Beautiful Creatures” arrives with considerably more camp and intellectual humor than the “Twilight” franchise to which “Creatures” is sure to be compared.
Frank Swietek @ Ine Guys Opinion
Excerpt: If Tim Burton had made ‘Twilight’ on a bad day, the result would have been something like this.
Excerpt: Since there are already disparaging online reactions regarding the hair color of the actresses in the film version of the paranormal romance Beautiful Creatures (Little, Brown, 2009), eyebrows are bound to be raised over many of the other changes in this tale of dark desires under the elms.
Excerpt: ‘If this is unoriginal though – and it is – at least it picks interesting touchstones. There’s more than a nod towards Interview With A Vampire, for a start, a work serious of intent and idea’