Beastly
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Beastly is an edgy teen romance about learning how to see past false surfaces to discover true inner beauty. Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all - looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity - and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating "aggressively unattractive" classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), inviting her to the school's extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

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"'Beastly' is a special brand of hogwash: a fairy tale that preaches inner beauty while refusing to obscure the looks of its doomed hero."
‑ , Time Out
"For a fable about a magical curse, "Beastly" is strangely earthbound. And once it starts, it just seems to go on sappily ever after."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"So this isn't a great re-imagining of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, but Beastly does have mass tweener appeal."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"Hudgens is a likeable on-screen presence, Olsen a complete riot, and Pettyfer teases teeny bits of a performance as a genuinely unpleasant baddie that could be the making of him one day, should the right script come along."
‑ Mayer Nissim, Digital Spy
"Some snappy pacing and hints of pain throbbing beneath the cool sarcasm of teens push much of Beastly past its skin-deep pandering to a teen demographic. Still, this 21st-century fairy tale doesn't wilt, but it's not quite refreshed, either."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Beneath it all, however, is a movie with a good heart."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"There are flashes of genuine wit and charm that, while they cannot support the rest, hint at what was intended and not realized."
‑ Linda Holmes, NPR
"Under-rated."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Beauty and the blech."
‑ Grae Drake, Movies.com
"It's basically programming a generation of young girls to yield to the will of a patriarchal society and grow up to become biddable Stepford Wives. This evil must be stopped."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Stunningly bad."
‑ Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly
"Beastly gets one timeless fact right: For hatchet faces, fatty cakes and Frankenskanks, high school can definitely feel like a curse."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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"
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"... tone deaf (do students today really say "hurl chunks" and "Too cool for school"?), predictably plotted, filled with drippy love songs that would embarrass Bryan Ferry."
‑ Glenn Lovell, CinemaDope
"Beauty And The Beast except with the lusty, gothic menace that makes that story interesting replaced by moany teenagers and crap acoustic guitar music. Or, in short, Dawson's Freak."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
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