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Beloved Reviews

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
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
April 12, 2002
Demme's potent adaptation of Morrison's novel may be substantial, but it is also engrossing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2001
A knot of fierce emotions that is left for the viewer to untangle. Make the effort.
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
January 1, 2000
Demme succeeds uncannily well in bringing the novel's pulse to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.'
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
January 1, 2000
There are many strengths, including the cinematography, sound design and a hauntingly allusive score.
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
Beloved has power and impressive artistry to spare!
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
An overlong misfire that has only flashes of staggering power.
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.
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
A dense, jangled cataclysm of enigma and outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A powerful and disturbing motion picture!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Beloved is a movie that swims in your bloodstream, echoes through your bones!
January 1, 2000
A remarkable movie!
January 1, 2000
Moves in leisurely fits and -- unencumbered by style or narrative complexity -- never loses its forward momentum.
January 1, 2000
It's heartfelt, praiseworthy and amazingly faithful to Toni Morrison's complex Pulitzer Prize-winning novel!