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Beauty and the Beast Reviews

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Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The scenes, characters and songs attempt to duplicate the success of Mermaid all too obviously.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 23, 2002
The tale's as old as time, but Beauty and the Beast has gotten somewhat banal.
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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
It's academic Pop Art, overblown but zestless, a cartoon cathedral with all the spiritual feeling of a Little Golden Book.
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
January 11, 2012
Better remembered than seen, Beauty and the Beast has been treated unkindly not just by the years that have passed since it was released to enormous acclaim in 1991, but by a faddish 3D conversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 24, 2002
She falls for a hot-tempered manimal, but is it any coincidence that he showers her with gifts the whole time?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 16, 2003
Belle is so decidedly positive in every regard, so simplistically shaped to meet the desires of all audience members (both dreamy little girls and feminist objectors), that she ultimately fails as a character
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
January 13, 2012
A serviceable version of a classic fairy tale minus that crucial touch of magic.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 20, 2013
It is a wondrous love story unsparing in its sentiment.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Remains as wondrous and beautiful as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
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.
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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Richard Ouzounian
Toronto Star
January 12, 2012
Some youthful memories are better not revisited, but this definitely isn't one of them. Sometimes you can go home again.
Sarah Ward
Trespass
November 6, 2002
The entrancing, enthralling Beauty and the Beast remains a true cinematic treat.
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
The ultimate makeover story has strong, positive messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
January 13, 2012
Beauty and the Beast is just as enchanting 20 years after its initial release.
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
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 13, 2012
Both TANGLED EVER AFTER and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are sure to enthrall audiences everywhere, even if the 3D doesn't really add much of anything to this animated classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Slipped around all my roadblocks and penetrated directly into my strongest childhood memories, in which animation looked more real than live-action features.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Not only the finest animated movie ever made, but deserves a prominent position on any list of all-time greats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
January 12, 2012
And it is a joy to revisit the timeless pleasures of traditional Disney storytelling, with no attempts to add sizzle from celebrity voice talent or radio-friendly pop songs.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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