Belle

2014

Belle

Critics Consensus

It boasts all the surface beauty that fans of period pictures have come to expect, but Belle also benefits from its stirring performances and subtle social consciousness.

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BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. (c) Fox Searchlight

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Cast

Gugu Mbatha-Raw
as Dido Elizabeth Belle
Tom Wilkinson
as Lord Mansfield
Emily Watson
as Lady Mansfield
Matthew Goode
as Admiral Sir John Lindsay
Sarah Gadon
as Elizabeth Murray
Penelope Wilton
as Lady Mary Murray
Miranda Richardson
as Lady Ashford
Sam Reid
as John Davinier
Tom Felton
as James Ashford
James Norton
as Oliver Ashford
Timothy Walker
as Wimbridge
Natasha Williams
as Poor Woman
Charlotte Roach
as Maid, Kenwood House
Rupert Wickhan
as Reverend Davinier
Rupert Wickhan
as Reverend Davinier
Alana Ramsey
as Maid, Ashford House
Alex Jennings
as Lord Ashford
Daniel Wilde
as Gentleman 1
Susan Brown
as Baroness Vernon
James Northcote
as Mr. Vaughan
Andrew Woodall
as Lord Mayor
Edmund Short
as Law Student
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Critic Reviews for Belle

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (43)

  • The teenage Dido Elizabeth Belle is impressively played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw with a tender sensibility and a growing awareness.

    Sep 23, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Asante's own work of art is lamentably cautious but does, ultimately, throw up things we haven't seen before. It's pretty, in other words, but not entirely vacant.

    Jun 13, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Asante handles this mainstream commercial picture with assurance.

    Jun 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Race, love and social politics are deftly handled in Amma Asante's forcefully-acted feminist period drama.

    Jun 12, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A good-looking and exceedingly polite film where perhaps a more complex one with less good manners would have been better.

    Jun 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's an old-fashioned movie with a very modern streak, centered by a vibrant star turn by Mbatha-Raw, whose watchful, wise Dido makes an enchanting heroine.

    May 22, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4

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