Reviews

Oct 29, 2021
Angelina Jolie brings humanity to the character... Our villain is brilliantly supported throughout the film by the likes of Elle Fanning, Imelda Staunton and Juno Temple.
Oct 9, 2021
Despite the romantic short comings, Jolie is perfect as this Maleficent. But did this blow me out of the water? No, sadly it didn't.
Feb 1, 2021
Takes some liberties with a time-honored story, but doesn't stray too far from the necessary fairy tale elements.
Jan 21, 2021
As the sum of all its parts, Maleficent is a downright fun film.
Dec 4, 2020
Though the changes to the plot become more drastic as the film progresses, the tone remains serious, hinting at how superior a straightforward retelling might have been.
Sep 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.
Sep 15, 2020
Jolie is mesmerizing whether she's being strong and vengeful or vulnerable and deeply feeling.
Jul 21, 2020
Nearly every character is either dim-witted or just plain nasty.
Apr 14, 2020
No doubt the concept is fascinating, but too bad the movie itself fails to capitalise the potential.
Feb 5, 2020
[T]his extension of the Sleeping Beauty story was breathtaking.
Dec 14, 2019
Magical. Mesmerizing. Masterful.
Aug 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.
Aug 8, 2019
The characters surrounding Maleficent became caricatures as if they were pulled directly from a cartoon.
Jul 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.
Mar 14, 2019
A fundamentally misguided interpretation of the title character, one that seems to misunderstand what drew people to her in the first place.
Mar 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.
Mar 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!).
Feb 1, 2019
This version of "Sleeping Beauty" is a snoozer, a plodding and predictable film that never recovers after a dreadful prologue.
Jan 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.
Jan 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.