Witty, warm, well-cast and often wickedly funny, it lets Vanessa Hudgens shine and Alex Pettyfer give a hint of what all the fuss over him is about.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
Certainly better than the word "passable" might imply, Beastly is a sly and pleasant-enough young-adult programmer that is more likeable than not.
—Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times
...a surprisingly painless if ragged redo of Beauty and the Beast...
—Manohla Dargis New York Times
...Beauty and the Beast for the Twilight generation; they've paid for abs and sparkles, and they insist on getting their money's worth.
—Richard Larson Slant Magazine
This modern reworking of Beauty and the Beast has none of the charm of the Disney animated version. It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads, Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
Beastly is like the filmic equivalent of the word, "duh." There isn't a single enlightening, charming, clever, original, or remotely engaging element in its soulless body.
—Jason McKiernan filmcritic.com
...a tin-eared, corny attempt at fairy-tale interpretation...
—Nick Schager Village Voice
...a lame contemporary take on Beauty and the Beast...
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
The best thing about this movie...is that it's only 86 minutes long.
—Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter