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Belle Reviews

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June 12, 2014
This is disappointingly lifeless, and shallow, and the soundtrack! So many violins, you'll leave feeling as if you've been quite violently smacked around the head with one. Repeatedly.
April 27, 2014
The film is concerned largely with intellectual horrors and portrays the fight against slavery rather neatly as a growing feeling of internal guilt that slowly turns society toward the light.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 8, 2014
A slice of Masterpiece Theatre cheese in which a biracial heiress makes her way through 18th-century English society while her guardian tries an insurance fraud case involving a slave ship.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 12, 2014
Visually drab despite its appealing range of period London scenery, Belle is a well-intentioned but somewhat emotionally stiff drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 8, 2014
Belle isn't awful, but it is awfully slow, didactic and far too reliant on Mbatha-Raw's fine, expressive eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 2, 2014
This costume drama suffers slightly from the overwrought melodrama risked by the genre.
May 1, 2014
Lots to recommend but there's enough here for two movies and in trying to tell both stories the picture shortchanges each one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 8, 2014
Powerful stuff, for sure. Yet, when Asante finally closes with a close-up of Belle's portrait, there's something in her eyes and her smile that suggests so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 15, 2014
Belle feels like sitting through the rehearsal process of a Broadway play that's in serious need of work.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 12, 2014
It's an inert, pompous, un-cinematic piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 8, 2014
Treatment like this makes people shrug off reality rather than process it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 30, 2014
The golden-hued "Belle," handsomely made with lavish period detail, has none of the charged friction of its poster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 8, 2014
[The movie] is so determined to be moral and good and optimistically anti-tragic that it forgets to be interesting, original, and illuminating.
June 7, 2014
...it does seem obvious that the inherently stirring material could (and should) have been employed to much better effect (ie this is just lifeless, for the most part).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 30, 2014
A history-based story that both stilted and melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 8, 2014
This British historical drama is getting the "inspiring true story" treatment, though the inspiring parts aren't true and the true parts aren't inspiring.
April 29, 2014
The movie seems to exist to give its white characters belated moments of conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 6, 2014
Something like 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' crossed with 'Pride and Prejudice.'
April 29, 2014
Belle is handsome-looking, shot in golden, faded-brocade tones by Ben Smithard, but it moves stiffly, encumbered by too many petticoats of expository dialogue.
May 1, 2014
Director Amma Assante and screenwriter Misan Sagay weigh down everything by introducing portentous melodrama and brittle social dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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