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Beloved Reviews

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
February 27, 2004
Okay, great performances, nice to look at -- but what this movie is missing is something to hold it together in the middle.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
February 3, 2004
Filled with some of the most extraordinary images of recent years, Beloved was apparently too powerful for audiences to handle back in 1998.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
It is sure to be studied, debated and cherished decades from now when Americans look to film for insights on who we are and where we have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 11, 2002
Demme masterfully exhibits both the harsh realities of the time with the unexplainable mystical world that settles in and around them like a fog, even if he has trouble making the two elements mesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Its spiritual messages, which are deep and true, redeem any structural flaws of this ambitious film.
James Sanford
Entertainment Insiders
June 21, 2002
a demanding, unsettling picture full of savage violence and deep-seated misery. Even when Sethe finds comfort in the arms of old friend Paul D ...the sight of their broken, scarred bodies coming together is heartbreaking rather than erotic.
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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
L.J. Strom
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Mournful and moving, eerie and uncompromising.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Both Winfrey and Demme get a lot wrong.
Widgett Walls
November 8, 2001
You don't necessarily enjoy it, in a sense, you simply experience it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 19, 2001
A complex, difficult, unyielding vision of memory and personal experience.
Full Review | Original Score: short
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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
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
Full of cathartic emotion and earnest dignity!
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A powerful and disturbing motion picture!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Charles Taylor
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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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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