Beloved Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Demme's potent adaptation of Morrison's novel may be substantial, but it is also engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
A knot of fierce emotions that is left for the viewer to untangle. Make the effort.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Once this film gets its bearings, the unsentimental fierceness of its vision brushes obstacles and quibbles from its path.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Demme succeeds uncannily well in bringing the novel's pulse to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
After next March, new editions of the book will boast a different kind of label - one that says 'Now an Oscar-winning motion picture.'
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I was sometimes confused about events as they happened, but all the pieces are there, and the film creates an emotional whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
An overlong misfire that has only flashes of staggering power.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
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.
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
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.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A dense, jangled cataclysm of enigma and outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A remarkable movie!
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Moves in leisurely fits and -- unencumbered by style or narrative complexity -- never loses its forward momentum.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
There are many strengths, including the cinematography, sound design and a hauntingly allusive score.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Beloved has power and impressive artistry to spare!
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A powerful and disturbing motion picture!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Beloved is a movie that swims in your bloodstream, echoes through your bones!
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Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
It's heartfelt, praiseworthy and amazingly faithful to Toni Morrison's complex Pulitzer Prize-winning novel!