Maleficent Reviews

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September 16, 2020
Even as all sharp angles and dark clothing, Angelina Jolie embodies grace and dangerous beauty, while still possessing a vulnerable side brought on by years of betrayal and mistrust.
September 15, 2020
Jolie is mesmerizing whether she's being strong and vengeful or vulnerable and deeply feeling.
July 21, 2020
Nearly every character is either dim-witted or just plain nasty.
April 14, 2020
No doubt the concept is fascinating, but too bad the movie itself fails to capitalise the potential.
February 5, 2020
[T]his extension of the Sleeping Beauty story was breathtaking.
December 14, 2019
Magical. Mesmerizing. Masterful.
August 30, 2019
Its glaring fault is its indecisiveness toward its eponymous malefactor, whose very name means to do evil or harm. The attempt to have it both ways simply does not work.
August 8, 2019
The characters surrounding Maleficent became caricatures as if they were pulled directly from a cartoon.
July 5, 2019
It's a beautifully designed film, and James Newton Howard's fantastical score is one of his best in years. But what Maleficent most lacks isn't something you can see or hear, it's something you can feel.
March 14, 2019
A fundamentally misguided interpretation of the title character, one that seems to misunderstand what drew people to her in the first place.
March 6, 2019
While it may in moments be a bit dark for very young ones, it is a great family film, worthy of the Disney canon.
March 2, 2019
... my long-time worship of the character likely makes me a little extra critical-and I'm sure others will love and appreciate it just as it is (hi, Mom!).
February 1, 2019
This version of "Sleeping Beauty" is a snoozer, a plodding and predictable film that never recovers after a dreadful prologue.
January 31, 2019
Maleficent is another worthy entry in the Mouse House's catalog, proving this 91-year-old company is still a relevant, vital part of global culture.
January 15, 2019
For those who either enjoy seeing inventive variations on a theme and/or who can take Maleficent on its own terms -- and for anyone who likes to see Jolie playing powerful women -- this is a great time, and a rather lovely one.
January 9, 2019
[Angelina Jolie is] funny, powerful, treacherous, and anything but a cardboard cut-out of cackling evil. Maleficent shines in her hands.
December 14, 2018
Angelina Jolie is good in the film, and I do think kids will dig this movie.
December 14, 2018
They could have upped the stakes, made the ending better...I'm not looking for the deepest movie ever from a Disney live action thing...surprisingly enough, Maleficent was a good time.
December 14, 2018
Maleficent may not be necessarily magnificent, but if you're a Disney fan, it's enchanting enough to see on the big screen.
December 14, 2018
Maleficent leaves most ends dangling sloppily, much like the creepy crawlies that hang from the trees in Aurora's enchanted forest.
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