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At Theaters: 2/14/2013 On Video: 5/21/2013
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 4 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600048
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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A supernatural love story set in the South that tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan, a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena, a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.
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Fantasy Romantic - Based on a popular young adult fantasy/romance novel series, this film adaptation is very much one targeted toward teen and young adult girls. The more familiar cast members such as Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, and Emmy Rossum have smaller supporting roles to the unknown leads, Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert. Some scary images and moments make this inappropriate for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Alden Ehrenreich TETRO, TWIXT
Alice Englert GINGER & ROSA
Jeremy Irons THE WORDS, MARGIN CALL
Viola Davis THE HELP, WON'T BACK DOWN
Emmy Rossum THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, POSEIDON
Wri/Dir: Richard LaGravenese P.S. I LOVE YOU, FREEDOM WRITERS
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About the Production
Mortals and Casters
Past and Present
Curses and Corsets
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PROFANITY: 6 S-words; 1 GD; a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief clothed sensuality.
VIOLENCE: Shootings and fights with magical powers.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Fights with magical powers.
COMEDY: Some comic lines.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average Beautiful Creatures starts out strongly but loses steam as it progresses.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average 'Beautiful Creatures' has a much better sense of humor about itself than the 'Twilight' movies, with most of the grown-up actors delivering performances leaning more toward the devilishly campy than the straightforward and dramatic.

USA Today Full Review
Below Average Though not enchanting, Beautiful Creatures qualifies as an entertaining guilty pleasure.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Average Wow. Just wow. That pretty much sums up my reaction to "Beautiful Creatures," a movie so schizoid in its extremes of pleasure and pain that it's hard to know how to weigh its contradictions, or even where to begin separating them.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 35 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
1
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
8
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
9
Very High
89%
30+Adults (F)
12
Very High
92%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 35 moviegoers:
TEENS:The lone male loved "Beautiful Creatures" as did most of the ladies. Only one female rated it an average movie.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The one male loved it as did all four of the females.
ADULTS:These are some pretty mixed reviews. About two-thirds of the males loved it but the remaining third only rated it as an average movie. The female reviews are very similar. Just over half loved it with a few rating it above average. This left about a quarter rating it average.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), 17, has had the same recurring dream for months. A mysterious young girl is waiting for him on a Civil War battlefield. Ethan desperately wants to be with her, but there is an unknown danger -- and each time a lightning bolt cracks like a gunshot, killing Ethan before he ever reaches the girl.

The danger of this strange dream world, however, is preferable to Ethan's waking existence in Gatlin, South Carolina, a small, conservative Southern town that hasn't caught up to the 21st century, where nothing ever changes and nothing ever happens. Trapped at home with a father who has completely withdrawn since the sudden death of Ethan's mother, Ethan yearns for a life he can only read about in books.

But Ethan's mundane world is shaken up with the arrival of Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the beautiful and enigmatic niece of Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), the reclusive owner of gothic Ravenwood Manor. Ethan finds himself immediately drawn to Lena, even though destruction seems to inexplicably follow her and it becomes apparent that she is a Caster, with powers beyond her control. The town, led by conservative Mrs. Lincoln (Emma Thompson), wants her banished. Even Gatlin's all-knowing librarian, Amma (Viola Davis), is afraid history may repeat itself --a history of family secrets and a curse that looms for Lena as she approaches her 16th birthday. It is that time when a Caster is chosen by the forces of either the Light or the Dark.

But Lena's fate may already be sealed by the curse that draws both her and Ethan into a tangled web of spells and peril from which there may be no escape.

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