Beauty and the Beast - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Beauty and the Beast Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
April 28, 2014
At once enchanting and emboldening...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
November 20, 2013
It's got storytelling vigor and clarity, bright, eclectic animation, and a frisky musical wit.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
November 20, 2013
Once again, love will redeem the beast, and Beauty's dancing clocks and singing teacups will blend marvelously with the tintinnabulation of bells this holiday season.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
November 20, 2013
It is the most dynamic animated film ever made, and the prance of its camera, the sense of penetration into its action, the brilliantly paced editing pyrotechnics give it a crackle of life far more abundant than any feature that's come before.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 20, 2013
Just like The Little Mermaid a couple of years ago, it blends child-pleasing characters and plot twists with jokes and musical styles that clearly have older spectators in mind.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 20, 2013
It's cartoon Cocteau, but just look at the children's faces as they watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 20, 2013
It's exceptionally difficult to make an audience care for animated characters unless they're mermaids or anthropomorphized animals or insects, yet the Disney animators, with a big assist from the vocal talents of a superb cast, have pulled it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 20, 2013
It is a wondrous love story unsparing in its sentiment.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
November 20, 2013
Beauty and the Beast is certainly adequate holiday entertainment for children and their more indulgent parents... But the film has little of the technical facility, vivid characterization and emotional impact of Disney past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Remains as wondrous and beautiful as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 5, 2012
The 3D revival sees this witty, dramatically inventive version of a familiar story wearing well.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
May 4, 2012
Pure fairytale escapism that doesn't boast any digital trickery, celebrity voiceovers or unnecessary action.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
May 3, 2012
Disney's most perfectly achieved combination of animation, story-telling and song must surely be this loving tribute to the old fairytale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
May 3, 2012
There's no doubting the craftsmanlike elegance of the film, summoning up with relish the spirit of classic fairytale Disney of the 50s and 60s...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
May 3, 2012
Unsubtle perhaps, but never fails to hit the right notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
May 3, 2012
Magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
May 2, 2012
Reaches a level of artistry, sophistication and musical excellence that's still to be bettered by the Mouse House - or indeed its rivals.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
The greatest animated film ever made and one of the screen's great musicals hardly needs this (3D) sort of sprucing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 23, 2012
A lovely film that ranks with the best of Disney's animated classics.
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
February 11, 2012
I admit it: I wrote this more than 20 years ago. But, like " Beauty and the Beast" itself, I think it stands the test of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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