Maleficent Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
July 14, 2015
An unintentional #YesAllWomen fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
J.C. Mašek III
November 4, 2014
Maleficent became one of Disney's premiere baddies because she was so dark and menacing in the first place. This is far from a mere "humanizing" of the character, but a worthy adventure in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeff Beck
November 3, 2014
"Maleficent" is a fascinating spin on an old tale that gives us the unique opportunity to explore the story from a different point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
While little is properly explained - hence the excessive narration - the scene where Jolie clutches her chest while howling for her beautiful wings, is deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
September 21, 2014
This is how you update a classic tale!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 4, 2014
For all its digital spectacle and redundant action-violence it understands the power of the fraught gesture, the soft word, the shadowed expressionistic closeup: Jolie is photographed as lovingly and spookily here as Simone Simon in "Cat People."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
August 6, 2014
Jolie's devilish best is smothered by a ploddingly safe movie insisting on vague goodness and badness, utterly redeeming a villain, and children being the very cutest-shmoopiest creatures in the world, oh-aren't-they-just?
Mark Hughes
August 1, 2014
Tonally, the story never knows whether it wants to be a kids' movie, a comedy, an action-driven fantasy, or a remake rooted more in the "dark and gritty" tradition of the original fairy tales on which it is based.
August 1, 2014
That the film is arguably far too emotionally and psychologically bleak for its target audience would be excusable, even laudable, if it were better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Widgett Walls
July 17, 2014
Disney's #1 villain...they've turned her into a glorified nanny and a prankster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 10, 2014
whenever the film threatens to sink into CGI oblivion or narrative clunkiness, Jolie is there to save the day with her screen-grabbing presence
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
July 10, 2014
There's several moments where the titular character sits around watching other people and waiting for things to happen. In order to re-invent it from her POV, there were bound to be a lot of things that don't make sense, such as believable motivations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 5, 2014
No Jolie can't carry this film, but there is plenty of blame to go around.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Jorgenson
June 30, 2014
The material seems too dark and violent for the target demographic, who could have difficulty finding a rooting interest in characters that possess more degrees of villainy than heroism.
Kevin A. Ranson
June 22, 2014
...remains surprisingly faithful to the original while recreating the title character... You only think you know the story (but this one - in many ways - is so much better).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 16, 2014
As for the screenplay, by Linda Woolverton, it treads carefully, and all too kindly, in the footsteps of "Wicked" ...
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
June 15, 2014
Taking as its visual reference the classic Disney animated film about Sleeping Beauty, it is a much darker tale, and far less interesting, despite an arresting performance by Angelina Jolie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
June 11, 2014
Giant holes in the plot are papered over by Janet McTeer's earnest narration, improbabilities abound, and it all seems longer than it actually is
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Sawin
June 9, 2014
With Aurora's aunts being female versions of The Three Stooges and a welcomed twist that becomes bittersweet in less than five minutes, Maleficent is a failed attempt at reconstructing one of the most evil animated characters of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Diva Velez
June 9, 2014
Aside from being admirable as a rare girl-friendly film in a summer of boydom, if you're coming to see Maleficent it's to watch Angelina Jolie devour of the scenery in the role she was born for. The camp factor alone is worth the price of admission
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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