Beloved Reviews

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.
March 5, 2002
Both Winfrey and Demme get a lot wrong.
January 1, 2000
An overlong misfire that has only flashes of staggering power.
January 1, 2000
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
For nearly three overwrought hours, Beloved drags at a draining pace, intermittently introducing unfulfilled story arcs and false climaxes.
January 1, 2000
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
Oprah Winfrey's dream project is a total nightmare.
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.
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
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 film whose greatest weakness is that it is too long.
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.
January 1, 2000
A dense, jangled cataclysm of enigma and outrage.