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Fantasy . Drama . Romance

A curse transforms a handsome and arrogant young man into everything he detests in this contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Wealthy Kyle Kingson has everything a teenager could want in life, but he still gets off on humiliating the weaker and less attractive. When Kyle invites his misfit classmate Kendra to an environmental rally at their school, she questions his motivations but reluctantly accepts. Later, Kyle blows Kendra off, prompting the spurned goth girl to cast a dark spell on the swaggering egotist.

Actors: Neil Patrick Harris , David Francis , Jonathan Dubsky , Lisa Gay Hamilton , Justin Bradley , Karl Graboshas , Vanessa Hudgens , Mary-Kate Olsen , Erik Knudsen , Dakota Johnson , Alex Pettyfer
Directors: Daniel Barnz
Country: USA
Release: 2011-03-04
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  • Mick LaSalle

    I liked this movie, maybe more than I should have, and would be happy to see anything this director wants to do next.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Howard Cohen

    Beastly, for all its potential pitfalls, works better than it has any right to. Credit Barnz, who keeps his young characters contemporary in a world of text messaging and status updates and yet also gives them depth.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Witty, warm, well-cast and often wickedly funny.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    The idea of transformation, that people can change and learn from their mistakes, growing to be better, makes Beastly not just sweetly romantic but also quietly hopeful.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    There are moments of salty wit to its teen TV sensibility, and the story offers proof, once again, than there are few stories that can't be adapted to the theme of teenaged popularity politics.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michelle Orange

    Beastly manages to show you all the ways it might have worked by missing every available mark, sometimes by the gaping expanse between Alex Pettyfer's ears, sometimes only by the feline curl of Vanessa Hudgens' smile.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Funnier, sharper and sweeter than expected.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Hudgens' dimples threaten at times to overtake the narrative, but in the end, they're no match for Olsen's creepy-ass smirk, which, frankly, appears ready-made for Tim Burton's next outing.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Sandie Angulo Chen

    Getting teens to look past the superficial may be a noble goal, but when they're staring at the pretty but talentless Pettyfer, it's a hard lesson to take seriously.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Beastly was made with tween girls in mind. It's the kind of love story a viewer can believe in when she is indiscriminating enough to ignore bad acting, bad writing, and mediocre filmmaking.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Tin-eared, corny attempt at fairy-tale interpretation.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Linda Holmes

    All good humor must come to an end, and a love story has to be able to fall back on tenderness and sweetness eventually. Unfortunately, every time Beastly reaches for either of those things, it's ... really bad.

    NPR Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    There's less to Beastly than meets the eye - and what meets the eye is no great shakes, either.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    A kiss may cure the monster, but not even campy performances from Mary-Kate Olsen and Neil Patrick Harris can save this ugly snarl of cliches.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The school freak, played by Mary-Kate Olsen, misses a chance to really have some fun as this story's wicked witch.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Beastly offers a thoroughly dopey reread of the "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Rarely do films from Hollywood emerge in such an inane manner. Its rote characters are inevitably in predictable situations with no subtext or subtlety to any of their predicaments.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Loosely adapted from Alex Flinn's young-adult novel, this "Beauty and the Beast" update is a pallid, formulaic teen romance that might have benefited from a little snark.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The characterization couldn't be more flagrant if the soundtrack creaked out an oldie by a certain ancient pop quintet: You're a candy girl.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Dull and perfunctory, the film's saving grace is MVP Neil Patrick Harris as Kyle's blind tutor, who has a witty aside for every woodenly expressed sentiment. You go, Doog!

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

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

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Adam Markovitz

    Spectacularly poor judgment in everything from acting to costuming (Olsen's Harajuku-troll get-up is scarier than her curse) puts Beastly right on the cusp of the so-bad-it's-good Hall of Shame.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    In every aspect, from story to tone to characterization to visual aesthetic, it's laughably perfunctory, as though everyone involved were too embarrassed to give it more than a half-ironic token effort.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

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

    New York Post Full Review
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