Beloved Reviews

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May 10, 2012
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.
May 20, 2003
February 8, 2003
January 10, 2003
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.
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.
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.
August 21, 2002
Its spiritual messages, which are deep and true, redeem any structural flaws of this ambitious film.
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.
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.
June 5, 2002
Mournful and moving, eerie and uncompromising.
April 12, 2002
Demme's potent adaptation of Morrison's novel may be substantial, but it is also engrossing.
November 8, 2001
You don't necessarily enjoy it, in a sense, you simply experience it.
May 11, 2001
A knot of fierce emotions that is left for the viewer to untangle. Make the effort.
April 19, 2001
A complex, difficult, unyielding vision of memory and personal experience.
February 27, 2001
February 14, 2001
Once this film gets its bearings, the unsentimental fierceness of its vision brushes obstacles and quibbles from its path.
January 1, 2001
January 1, 2000
Within Beloved lies a great movie with a powerful message, but its impact is muffled due to the filmmakers' indulgence and lack of restraint.
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