Maleficent Reviews

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March 9, 2017
The final battle, where Maleficent takes on her ex and his army, is exciting and horrible, but the movie leading up to it feels like an underwritten outline: Good > Bad > Good? > Dragon.
June 6, 2016
A muddy experience, both visually and thematically, although Angelina Jolie vibrates with a radiant camp intensity that demands a better, more confident movie.
April 18, 2016
There are some Lord of the Rings-knockoff battle scenes between the evil humans and the good-hearted fairies-who live as one with nature, share everything, and need no government whatsoever ("Fairies of the World Unite!").
August 6, 2014
Jolie's devilish best is smothered by a ploddingly safe movie insisting on vague goodness and badness, utterly redeeming a villain, and children being the very cutest-shmoopiest creatures in the world, oh-aren't-they-just?
August 1, 2014
Tonally, the story never knows whether it wants to be a kids' movie, a comedy, an action-driven fantasy, or a remake rooted more in the "dark and gritty" tradition of the original fairy tales on which it is based.
August 1, 2014
That the film is arguably far too emotionally and psychologically bleak for its target audience would be excusable, even laudable, if it were better.
July 17, 2014
Disney's #1 villain...they've turned her into a glorified nanny and a prankster.
July 10, 2014
whenever the film threatens to sink into CGI oblivion or narrative clunkiness, Jolie is there to save the day with her screen-grabbing presence
July 10, 2014
There's several moments where the titular character sits around watching other people and waiting for things to happen. In order to re-invent it from her POV, there were bound to be a lot of things that don't make sense, such as believable motivations.
July 5, 2014
No Jolie can't carry this film, but there is plenty of blame to go around.
June 30, 2014
The material seems too dark and violent for the target demographic, who could have difficulty finding a rooting interest in characters that possess more degrees of villainy than heroism.
June 16, 2014
As for the screenplay, by Linda Woolverton, it treads carefully, and all too kindly, in the footsteps of "Wicked" ...
June 15, 2014
Taking as its visual reference the classic Disney animated film about Sleeping Beauty, it is a much darker tale, and far less interesting, despite an arresting performance by Angelina Jolie.
June 11, 2014
Giant holes in the plot are papered over by Janet McTeer's earnest narration, improbabilities abound, and it all seems longer than it actually is
June 7, 2014
The goofiest filmed version of classic literature since THE SCARLET LETTER was "freely adapted" from Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1995
June 7, 2014
It's clear immediately that first-time filmmaker Robert Stromberg isn't looking to reinvent the genre here...
June 6, 2014
An Unnecessary take on an Old Tale.
June 5, 2014
With nobody to play against except her own bad self, even Maleficent is more of a striking objet d'art than a character.
June 5, 2014
It's a story that takes a long time to set up and get going.
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