Maleficent Reviews

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June 4, 2014
With only her voice and her sense of bearing, Jolie effortlessly makes the notoriously wicked fairy seem real. Hardly anyone else involved in Maleficent seems to have that magic.
June 4, 2014
As a film it is pretty bad: narratively confused, chock full of ugly visual effects, and populated with actors like Sharlto Copley and Elle Fanning, who are given little to do but walk around amongst green screens, looking lost.
June 4, 2014
You can't blame Disney for wanting to put a new twist on a classic fairy tale, especially in an effort to show a new side to its most notoriously evil villain. Maleficent is just not a successful way of doing it.
June 4, 2014
How ironic--and disappointing--it is, then, that a film focused on one of the big bads for the ages is just about completely drained of menace or palpable danger.
June 3, 2014
But comparing Wicked and Maleficent points out the problem: Maleficent is really just an inversion of a fairy tale, not a deconstruction.
June 3, 2014
The best I can say about Maleficent is that it isn't as bad as I thought it would be, but that's faint praise indeed.
June 3, 2014
Jolie's star power can't stir up enough magic Disney pixie dust to keep this big fractured fairy tale from falling into its own cracks.
June 2, 2014
'Maleficent' is an admittedly great-looking, sometimes creepy.
June 1, 2014
It's an icky affair: more Perry (Katy) than Perrault (Charles).
June 1, 2014
If you can get Angelina Jolie to play one of the most beloved villains in Disney history, why would you make this movie, which is so joyless and which lacks any real sense of playfulness or fun?
May 30, 2014
Like most evil villains in movies, "Maleficent" had all the tools to be very good...and it instead went down the wrong path.
May 30, 2014
Overall though, "Maleficent" just can't muster much magic with it's arresting new take on the classic villain. This isn't the scariest creature in movie history anymore, it's just a woman who should've known better than to trust a guy.
May 30, 2014
...in 2014 the Mistress of All Evil is just another victim.
May 30, 2014
Hey, kids! How would you like to see a new version of Disney's Sleeping Beauty that isn't animated and doesn't make any sense?
May 30, 2014
As fabulous as Maleficent is to look at--and it is fabulous--the film sacrifices story for design.
May 30, 2014
In its attempt to depict the 'real story' of Sleeping Beauty, this Django Unchained of Disney fairy tales never soars as high as its bad-girl-gone-good namesake.
May 30, 2014
Imagine a Star Wars remake with the Emperor hugging Luke instead of trying to fry him with force lightning and you get the idea.
May 30, 2014
As a cameo, Jolie's performance might have proven spectacular; but as a protagonist, she doesn't give us enough to hold onto. For all her efforts, she remains yet another special effect, however spectacular.
May 30, 2014
'Maleficent' is to 'Sleeping Beauty' as 'Wicked' is to 'The Wizard of Oz.'
May 30, 2014
When you've got a talented visual effects artist at the helm, iconic source material, an all-star cast and a hefty studio-sized budget to back it all up, there's just no excuse to deliver such a lazy film.
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