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Beloved Reviews

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January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2000
... a film whose greatest weakness is that it is too long.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
Oprah Winfrey's dream project is a total nightmare.
March 5, 2002
Both Winfrey and Demme get a lot wrong.
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
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.
January 1, 2000
A dense, jangled cataclysm of enigma and outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
For nearly three overwrought hours, Beloved drags at a draining pace, intermittently introducing unfulfilled story arcs and false climaxes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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
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.
January 1, 2000
An overlong misfire that has only flashes of staggering power.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
January 1, 2000
A powerful and disturbing motion picture!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Beloved has power and impressive artistry to spare!
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
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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