Maleficent Reviews

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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.
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 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.
December 14, 2018
Maleficent leaves most ends dangling sloppily, much like the creepy crawlies that hang from the trees in Aurora's enchanted forest.
December 14, 2018
Though promising the audience an alternative tale of a world we thought we knew, Maleficent coddles rather than challenges us.
December 14, 2018
Maleficent isn't really an adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. It's an adaptation of a screen saver.
December 13, 2018
Maleficent makes two fatal mistakes, the first being a problem of narrative.
December 13, 2018
Unfortunately, Maleficent the movie is not just a crashing bore, but it's a perfect example of filmmaking by corporate mandate.
December 13, 2018
Jolie's skills and range as an actress are barely tapped into in this undemanding role.
November 10, 2018
Maleficent should be more than just a Hollywood-style middle-aged mean girl with a copycat Norma Desmond-like disposition drowning in amusement park-inspired theatrics.
November 2, 2018
A shaky, yet enjoyable film that rests entirely on Angelina Jolie's impeccably crafted cheekbones.
November 1, 2018
Maleficent ends up doing little to make this tired old tale seem any more interesting and actually does more to destroy it.
October 10, 2018
I've just watched Snow White and the Huntsman again, wondering about all the potential it could've reached. And that is the real evil here.
August 7, 2018
The dialogue is aggressively bland; it's the worst part of the movie by far.
June 19, 2018
There are times when it's fun, but it's never as fun as it could've and should've been.
April 10, 2018
Maleficent imagines itself to be hip and modern. It is not.
October 20, 2017
An eye for visuals is not the same thing as being capable of visually telling an interesting story.
August 4, 2017
As Maleficent dawdles along, it not only veers from Disney's traditional values but also - alas, alack - from the studio's recent foray into girl power.
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