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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Though this adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s praised novel is sure to earn instant comparisons to the inconceivably popular Twilight franchise, Beautiful Creatures is in fact a far gamier slice of teen pulp, steeped less in punishing self-seriousness, and presenting characters – specifically a potent female role model – who audiences can root for.

Director Richard Lagravenese (Freedom Writers, P.S. I Love You) probably could have shot this material through with the minimum effort and made a modest success out of it because, frankly, there’s definitely one way to make a very boring and familiar version of this film.

The story, of a misfit, Lena (Alice Englert), who arrives in a sleepy southern American town and finds herself torn between the supernatural forces within her and the love of the new boy in her life, Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), more than echoes the narrative of Stephenie Meyer’s vampiric romance, »

- Shaun Munro

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