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Beauty and the Beast Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
May 3, 2012
Magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 23, 2012
A lovely film that ranks with the best of Disney's animated classics.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 13, 2012
What you gain in an extra, faked dimension you lose in lively, genuine beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 13, 2012
The set pieces are narcotically pleasing, especially the Busby Berkeley-style dancing-kitchenware spectacular, "Be Our Guest," and the romantic ballroom centerpiece that brings Beauty and her Beast together.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
January 13, 2012
The 3-D pops out to enhance the drama or energy of scenes in which settings are large and integral to the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 6, 2010
Beauty and the Beast is one of the year`s most entertaining films for both adults and children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
October 18, 2008
It is a surprise, in a time of sequels and retreads, that the new film is so fresh and altogether triumphant in its own right.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 10, 2008
Despite some excessive narrative streamlining, this 1991 release was the best Disney animated feature in years, full of charm and humor.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 1, 2008
Its animators' pens are wands; their movement enchants.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
May 20, 2008
A uniquely elegant and entertaining mix of hand-drawn classicism and high-tech innovation.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 10, 2002
[A] great film...
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 4, 2002
There's still room in this world for innocent love stories -- and tales as old as time.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 3, 2002
Brims with charm, style, and flawless execution that doesn't feel the least bit dated by subsequent technological advancements.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 3, 2002
It's not an especially scary movie, but right from the start, you can tell that this Beauty and the Beast has a beauty of a bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 3, 2002
A sporadically brilliant escape that at times stops to preen and pose, like that he-man lout Gaston.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 3, 2002
In the Imax format, the introduction of the Beast's castle has a breathtaking 3-D effect. And throughout the film, you see textures and details you never noticed.
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Charles Solomon
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2002
It's a pleasure to see "Beauty and the Beast" again in a theater with an audience that laughs and cries, but most of those pleasures would be just as evident in a conventional presentation.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 31, 2001
This is the only animated film ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, and you'll see why.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The scenes, characters and songs attempt to duplicate the success of Mermaid all too obviously.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A delightfully satisfying modern fable, a near-masterpiece that draws on the sublime traditions of the past while remaining completely in sync with the sensibility of its time.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 22, 1991
Splendidly crafted as it is, the new Disney is a luscious impasto of visual invention that never quite finds its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B