Beloved Reviews

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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.
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.
April 12, 2002
Demme's potent adaptation of Morrison's novel may be substantial, but it is also engrossing.
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.
January 1, 2000
There are many strengths, including the cinematography, sound design and a hauntingly allusive score.
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's heartfelt, praiseworthy and amazingly faithful to Toni Morrison's complex Pulitzer Prize-winning novel!
January 1, 2000
Moves in leisurely fits and -- unencumbered by style or narrative complexity -- never loses its forward momentum.
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.
January 1, 2000
Beloved is a movie that swims in your bloodstream, echoes through your bones!
January 1, 2000
A powerful and disturbing motion picture!
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
Demme succeeds uncannily well in bringing the novel's pulse to the screen.
January 1, 2000
The performances of all the central and secondary characters match the passionate intensity of the film's behind-the-scenes collaborators.
January 1, 2000
A dense, jangled cataclysm of enigma and outrage.
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.
January 1, 2000
Beloved has power and impressive artistry to spare!
January 1, 2000
A remarkable movie!
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