Maleficent Reviews

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January 21, 2021
As the sum of all its parts, Maleficent is a downright fun film.
December 14, 2018
Angelina Jolie is good in the film, and I do think kids will dig this movie.
December 14, 2018
It's a splendid-looking film. The effects are striking throughout, whether they are dramatic battle confrontations between humans and the forces of the natural world, or small moments of delicate detail.
December 13, 2018
Maleficent makes two fatal mistakes, the first being a problem of narrative.
December 13, 2018
Angelina Jolie is unimpeachably well cast as the hitherto evil - now merely misunderstood - sorceress who, outraged by patriarchal abuse, does what she does to the region's fairest princess.
December 13, 2018
Undoubtedly, Jolie's performance will be touted as elegantly evil, but it's Elle Fanning's effervescence as Aurora that really makes this film glow.
December 13, 2018
Jolie's skills and range as an actress are barely tapped into in this undemanding role.
June 16, 2014
As for the screenplay, by Linda Woolverton, it treads carefully, and all too kindly, in the footsteps of "Wicked" ...
June 6, 2014
This fairytale world is stunningly photographed by another Australian veteran Dean Semler, and the sets, costumes and design in general are of the first rank.
June 5, 2014
Imaginatively, it places all the known elements of the story in different contexts, completely recasting this familiar fairy tale into a more poignant and resonant work.
June 2, 2014
'Maleficent' is an admittedly great-looking, sometimes creepy.
June 2, 2014
In "Maleficent" a lush fairy-tale world is created and the result is truly magical.
June 1, 2014
It's an icky affair: more Perry (Katy) than Perrault (Charles).
May 31, 2014
It's a technological marvel starring the world's biggest celebrity: the full weight of Hollywood spectacle incarnate.
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
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.
May 30, 2014
All would be forgiven if the film had more magical feeling.
May 30, 2014
At least Disney was smart enough to cast Jolie. She has a genuinely heroic presence. If only the movie were equal to it.
May 30, 2014
You feel a little absurd being moved by something as shoddily put together as this. But it likes these women -- even the nincompoop pixies. It believes in its star.
May 30, 2014
Whatever its flaws, "Maleficent" is a family-friendly Disney adventure that offers a relaunched and thoroughly delightful Angelina Jolie ...
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