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Beloved Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
... a film whose greatest weakness is that it is too long.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 1, 2000
Oprah Winfrey's dream project is a total nightmare.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Both Winfrey and Demme get a lot wrong.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
Much of the acting is solid, but earnest performances can't give the picture all the bite and excitement it sorely needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A dense, jangled cataclysm of enigma and outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tyler McLeod
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
For nearly three overwrought hours, Beloved drags at a draining pace, intermittently introducing unfulfilled story arcs and false climaxes.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, this flick was so long, my spirit had long since left the building, enjoyed some smokes, played a round of golf, knocked back some brewskis, eaten a leisurely dinner, and slipped back into my body in time for the closing credits.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Although it's extremely well-acted and has a very powerful message behind it, this supernatural, Civil War-era drama is also overwrought and overly long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Luty
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
If Beloved, for all its individual moments of power and grace, does not ultimately add up to much, it's because Demme and the screenwriters can never find the means to get underneath the skin of the story's dread.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
An overlong misfire that has only flashes of staggering power.
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
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A powerful and disturbing motion picture!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Beloved has power and impressive artistry to spare!
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
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
The film's success lies mainly in its fidelity to its source: It never tries to avoid or sidestep the madness Morrison so bravely embraced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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