Movie review: 'Beautiful Creatures'

“Beautiful Creatures,” Richard LaGravenese's Southern Gothic take on the supernatural young adult genre, is brighter than “Twilight.”
Oklahoman Published: February 15, 2013

Across the board, “Beautiful Creatures” is helped considerably by the strength of its cast, particularly Thompson, whose Mrs. Lincoln undergoes a significant personality transplant, and Viola Davis as Ethan's guardian and curator of the town's secret history. The film meanders a little too much in its second act and could use some judicious trimming, but Ehrenreich and Englert's chemistry, LaGravenese's visual acuity and the considerable talent in the supporting ranks help “Beautiful Creatures” overcome its storytelling problems and cast a surprisingly enjoyable spell.

George Lang