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Beauty and the Beast Reviews

March 20, 2017
The sheer dexterity is overwhelming, and only the sternest viewer will be able to resist the onslaught of such thoroughly marketed magic.
March 18, 2017
Disney has ripped a jewel out of its casing and set it in something far more elaborate; the effect is garish rather than nostalgic, frustrating rather than memorable.
March 17, 2017
There's a complicated jumble of gender politics at hand, and any attempt at modernizing the dynamic is more of a random piling on rather than a thoughtful incorporation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 17, 2017
Ian McKellan makes a fine, melancholy Cogsworth the clock, but the rest of the enchanted servants come off hammy and campy, while Kevin Kline seems lost as Belle's father and Luke Evans turns alpha male Gaston into a bigger cartoon than the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 17, 2017
All the hit numbers... Emma Watson is charming as Belle; and the enchanted servants are voiced by the likes of Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, and Ewan McGregor. But seeing it will probably send you back to the original animated movie for refreshment.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 17, 2017
What Beauty and the Beast rises or falls on is the love story, and here, allowed to slow down to let in intimate moments, the movie catches fire. It's an exhilarating gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2017
Disney's most politically palatable version of the fairy tale yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2017
It's a tale as old as time, but in its latest imagining it still feels fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
March 16, 2017
Very little is new, apart from some superfluous backstories and the occasional household object. But everything old feels empty and dull.
March 16, 2017
Beauty and the Beast is energetic and hugely entertaining, both for children and the adults who accompany them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 16, 2017
More is less in Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast -- so much less that this crazily cluttered, overproduced venture in industrial entertainment betrays the essence of what made the 1991 animated feature a beloved classic.
March 16, 2017
If you want your old favorite dressed in sumptuous new clothes, that's what you'll get. Those who always desired a little more depth from "Beauty and the Beast" will be happy, too: There's something there that wasn't there before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2017
Bill Condon's enchanting live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast is designed to make believers of skeptics - even those who think the 1991 animated version can't be topped.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2017
This "Beauty and the Beast" isn't predicated on starry-eyed romance or animal attraction, but the solace of mutual loss and understanding, which makes it all the sweeter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2017
If you thought it was a bad idea to mess with a classic, "Beauty and the Beast" will persuade you that a tale as old as time is worth retelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2017
A visually sumptuous, highly watchable extravaganza.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 16, 2017
It's quite good, thanks to the sturdiness of the story, the jaw-dropping visuals and, most importantly, the one thing the first film didn't offer: Emma Watson.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 16, 2017
You and your kids want Happily Ever After? Dust off the DVD of the 1991 original - or go long and dial up Jean Cocteau's 1949 "Beauty and the Beast," still the greatest movie version of this tale as old as time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
March 15, 2017
Shiny but not exactly new, Bill Condon's live-action Beauty And The Beast is a curious nostalgia object, synthetically engineered to reproduce all the same sensations as a 26-year-old movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 15, 2017
There's an emotional authenticity in director Bill Condon's live-action Beauty and the Beast film that helps you rediscover Disney's beloved 1991 animated film and 1994 stage show in fresh, stirring ways.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 15, 2017
If all of Disney's live-action efforts are as exceptional as this one, by all means, be our guest.
March 15, 2017
By hewing so closely to the original, the film does itself no favors.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 15, 2017
Condon's version is capable of enthralling but if those who treasure the animated telling find it at times wanting, that shouldn't be a surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2017
My skepticism about the necessity of Disney's live-action remake of its beloved 1991 animated musical "Beauty and the Beast" lasted, oh, about 90 seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 14, 2017
The attention to detail in this film is exquisite, from the gold flakes on Belle's ballroom gown to the Fantasia-like theatrics of the Be Our Guest feast. All of the acting heavy hitters truly bring those inanimate objects to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 14, 2017
In the end, Beauty and the Beast still enchants, largely due to the irresistible story and Woolverton's still-intact touches. The hand-drawn original film, though, remains the real deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2017
The problems here, I think, are weirdly simple. The movie takes our knowledge and our interest in the material for granted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 14, 2017
Bill Condon's take on Beauty and the Beast is almost overwhelmingly lavish, beautifully staged and performed with exquisite timing and grace by the outstanding cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2017
Beauty and the Beast creates an air of enchantment from its first moments, one that lingers and builds and takes on qualities of warmth and generosity as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 14, 2017
This isn't just a remake; it's an act of cinematic upholstery, with all the padding that implies.
March 13, 2017
If you're looking for any great departure from or updating of the animated version, don't bother. This Beauty and the Beast doesn't have that. But it does have Emma Watson, and that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 13, 2017
This gloriously old-fashioned musical with gee-whiz trappings is a dazzling beauty to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 13, 2017
Three cheers for director Bill Condon and star Emma Watson for having the courage to make a live-action adaptation with 2017 gender politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 10, 2017
Condon and his team have alchemized gold into lead.
March 10, 2017
"Remake" isn't a strong enough word to describe the relationship between Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast and the company's beloved 1991 animated movie.
March 9, 2017
As the film nears its celebratory coda, a buoyant pluralism bursts forth.
March 3, 2017
Feels largely perfunctory: where it flounders most is on the miscasting of several crucial roles.
March 3, 2017
There's no need to worry that this version might crush the gentle charms of the 1991 picture: Even though Condon more or less faithfully follows that movie's plot, this Beauty is its own resplendent creature.
March 3, 2017
If only Beauty and the Beast were just a collection of stills, like a fancy Annie Leibowitz spread for some glossy quarterly edition of Disney Adventures. Unfortunately, it's over two hours long.
March 3, 2017
Condon's Beauty and the Beast is visually as sumptuous as Branagh's Cinderella, paying close attention to ornate castle decorations and beautiful costumes.
March 3, 2017
A quarter century has passed since we saw Disney's Belle fall for the Beast; today, the message that behind every rough man is a charming prince (sorry, Emma) is regressive, if not lethal.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 3, 2017
Beauty and the Beast marries visual spectacle and sumptuous design work with a better story than its original, casting a spell on old fans and newcomers alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2017
It's a lovingly crafted movie, and in many ways a good one, but before that it's an enraptured piece of old-is-new nostalgia.
March 3, 2017
With her doe eyes, sunny smile, and the smattering of freckles across the bridge of her nose, Watson is a made-to-order Disney heroine. There is an innocence and intelligence to her that fits the character perfectly. She also, it turns out, can sing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 3, 2017
It's a Michelin-triple-starred master class in patisserie skills that transforms the cinematic equivalent of a sugar rush into a kind of crystal meth-like narcotic high that lasts about two hours.
March 3, 2017
Its classicism feels unforced and fresh. Its romance neither winks nor panders. It looks good, moves gracefully and leaves a clean and invigorating aftertaste. I almost didn't recognize the flavor: I think the name for it is joy.
March 3, 2017
Ready to proclaim Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" this year's best new old musical? Be our guest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 3, 2017
You'll probably walk away longing to revisit the original for the ump-hundredth time. But isn't that the point?