Maleficent (2014)



Critic Consensus: Angelina Jolie's magnetic performance outshines Maleficent's dazzling special effects; unfortunately, the movie around them fails to justify all that impressive effort.

Movie Info

"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human … More

Rating: PG (for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Linda Woolverton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 4, 2014
Box Office: $241.4M
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as Princess Aurora

as Prince Philip

as Knotgrass

as Diaval

as Thistletwit

as King Henry

as Narrator

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as Young Maleficent

as Young Stefan

as Teen Malificent

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as Nobleman

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as Military Nobleman

as General

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as Soldier in Wood

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as Aurora (5 yrs.)

as Aurora (8 yrs.)

as Voice of Guard

as King Henry's Captain

as Maleficent (young)
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Critic Reviews for Maleficent

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (41)

As for the screenplay, by Linda Woolverton, it treads carefully, and all too kindly, in the footsteps of "Wicked" ...

Full Review… | June 16, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

An unintentional #YesAllWomen fable.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

Maleficent became one of Disney's premiere baddies because she was so dark and menacing in the first place. This is far from a mere "humanizing" of the character, but a worthy adventure in its own right.

Full Review… | November 4, 2014

"Maleficent" is a fascinating spin on an old tale that gives us the unique opportunity to explore the story from a different point of view.

Full Review… | November 3, 2014

While little is properly explained - hence the excessive narration - the scene where Jolie clutches her chest while howling for her beautiful wings, is deeply moving.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

This is how you update a classic tale!

Full Review… | September 21, 2014

Audience Reviews for Maleficent

Robert Stromberg doesn't get magnificent with Maleficent.

90 minutes may seem short at first, but once the storytelling takes place, it seems fitting. There really isn't much material to indulge or amuse between the introduction and conclusion. The back story, while enough to put the pieces together, lacks sufficient background for characters. With that said, the film does have enough production value to surpass mediocrity.

For the most part, the CG effects are agreeable with the film's personality. The few scenes of bright color contrast the overly dark atmosphere and tone of the picture.

The film belongs to Angelina Jolie, as it should. Listening to her line delivery hits the spot. Elle Fanning has a few moments of delight herself.

Maleficent never reaches the epic status, but for a family oriented fairy tale, it gets the job done.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

Disney has produced a nice update to Sleeping Beauty that reflects society's more evolved value towards women. Whereas the original paints women as helpless beauty prizes for "nice" males, the updated tale envisions that a woman's power, self-worth and joy is found without need of tethering herself to any man. The contrast goes further and bravely darker, with a man's horrible treatment of a woman as the creation story of the updated tale's "villain." However, redemption for males is also found in the re-imagined prince who is confused by the notion that a woman needs a man to save her. The message is that, like adventure, love is all around and in many forms. Rather than the need to show the audience a marriage to make a happy ending, we simply see the prince and princess laugh together from across an opening in a forest. Their value and contentment is found individually, and they willfully connect through the sharing of each other's joy.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

Try it at your own risk. IMO, best leave it for kids (although I'm not sure if even they'd enjoy this just another fairy tale that's best left untold, no matter how it turns out in the end........... as if it were a surprising twist!!!).

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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