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Belle Reviews

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February 20, 2018
Belle is 12 Years a Slave written by Legally Blonde's Elle Woods: a frothing bonnet-athon that owes more to Jane Austen than it does to William Wilberforce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 2, 2018
Though the story is set up elegantly, by the halfway point it's obvious where it's headed and it ploddingly sets about going there.
December 3, 2017
If Spielberg had commissioned Jane Austen to write the screenplay for Amistad, Belle is pretty much what we would have gotten. It's a sumptuous period piece reflecting on 18th-century social mores: rank, revenue, and-in this case-race.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
November 22, 2017
With its unique perspective and director Amma Asante's choice to avoid heavy-handedness, Belle is an effective vehicle for its message.
September 15, 2017
Still, as an evening's entertainment and florid romance, "Belle" is enjoyable as a period piece of romantic fiction and a case of "what if." Gugu Mbatha-Raw carries the film nicely and Miranda Richardson makes this melodrama fun just with an eye-roll.
September 12, 2017
Belle succeeds as an effective portrait of a singular young woman understanding her own identity
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2017
But in trying to give us a woman to root for [Amma] Asante drops twenty-first century characters into the 1700s, taking many liberties with the true story and bludgeoning us with a manipulative score.
July 7, 2017
Elegant and intelligent, as well as blessed with an enchanting protagonist, Belle is the stuff Oscar dreams are made of. Perhaps, in the case of newcomer Mbatha-Raw and veteran Wilkinson, those dreams may yet come true.
October 24, 2016
Belle becomes the perfect movie for anyone who loves period romances, but wishes they were a little more diverse.
March 7, 2016
It is a well-crafted tale that brings humanity to an issue that continues to resonate, even in a time when slavery theoretically does not exist: How do you fit into a society that sees your skin colour first, negating your humanity?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2015
More or less single-handedly saved by its actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 10, 2014
Though having the kind of pedestrian pace which often hits British costume dramas (Keira Knightley's 2008 film The Duchess excepted), Belle is sumptuously filmed and feels relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2014
The teenage Dido Elizabeth Belle is impressively played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw with a tender sensibility and a growing awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 30, 2014
The film works as both an intimate character piece and as a broader glimpse into socioeconomic conflicts regarding tolerance and perception.
June 15, 2014
A finely wrought tale of a woman out of time, a film that plays eloquently upon the heartstrings as it interweaves familiar personal intrigue with stirring social history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 15, 2014
Belle is a frock flick with a difference... In this costume drama something is actually going on beneath the bonnet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2014
The direction from Amma Assante is perfectly judged and impeccably paced and the result is a film which is very easy on the eye but has a lot to say for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2014
This inextricable intertwining of love and justice, private and public, personal and political, is the film's great cri de coeur and its structural brilliance, as costume and courtroom drama comment on, and merge into, each other.
June 13, 2014
Wonderful true story about a mixed-race woman raised in an aristocratic British family in the late 18th century; like the best Jane Austen romance with an angry social conscience.
June 13, 2014
The plot feels like a Jane Austen novel infused with a hot-potato political issue, but this is actually a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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