• R, 3 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jonathan Demme
    In Theaters:
    Oct 16, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 18, 1999
  • Touchstone Pictures

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Beloved Reviews


Time Out
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January 26, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A movie that requires the viewer to meet it halfway. Those willing to make the effort will be rewarded with an exquisitely photographed and intricately layered drama.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/5

November 6, 2002
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Something rare: a brave film about the emotional toll of slavery, the anguish of memory and the cruel divisions that still sear African American lives.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

June 18, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Demme's potent adaptation of Morrison's novel may be substantial, but it is also engrossing.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 12, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A knot of fierce emotions that is left for the viewer to untangle. Make the effort.

May 11, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Once this film gets its bearings, the unsentimental fierceness of its vision brushes obstacles and quibbles from its path.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2001
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Demme succeeds uncannily well in bringing the novel's pulse to the screen.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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After next March, new editions of the book will boast a different kind of label - one that says 'Now an Oscar-winning motion picture.'

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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It is an urgently intimate epic of the heart, a dramatization of a monumental journey of pain, love and, tentatively, hope that has scorching emotional impact.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The elaborate, soaring Beloved may alight on the ground with a tap rather than a thud, but land it does, after a harrowing, breathtaking flight.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I was sometimes confused about events as they happened, but all the pieces are there, and the film creates an emotional whole.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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An overlong misfire that has only flashes of staggering power.

January 1, 2000
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Everywhere you look in Beloved are signs of Demme's decay as a director -- the inattention to performances, the grindingly slow pacing, the sloppy, at times incoherent, story line and the straining grandiloquence of the tone.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
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Like a great book, Beloved builds up, through accretion of detail, so much information and revelation that we begin to live the lives with these people.

January 1, 2000
Paul Tatara
CNN.com
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This screeching, grotesque display of shattered human dignity is about as subtle as five or ten thousand kicks in the head from a mule, with the kicks getting exceedingly baroque as the movie progresses.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A dense, jangled cataclysm of enigma and outrage.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
Sean Means
Film.com
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A remarkable movie!

January 1, 2000
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Moves in leisurely fits and -- unencumbered by style or narrative complexity -- never loses its forward momentum.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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January 1, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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There are many strengths, including the cinematography, sound design and a hauntingly allusive score.

January 1, 2000
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Beloved has power and impressive artistry to spare!

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A powerful and disturbing motion picture!

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000

USA Today
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| Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Beloved is a movie that swims in your bloodstream, echoes through your bones!

January 1, 2000
Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
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It's heartfelt, praiseworthy and amazingly faithful to Toni Morrison's complex Pulitzer Prize-winning novel!

January 1, 2000
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