Maleficent Reviews

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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
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 2, 2014
'Maleficent' is an admittedly great-looking, sometimes creepy.
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
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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May 30, 2014
It hardly matters that Jolie's accent rambles a bit between pungent Cockney and plummy Buckingham Palace.
May 30, 2014
Jolie's commitment to the part is admirable: She gives this Maleficent a real emotional urgency. But the rest of the movie lets her down.
May 30, 2014
Long live the feminist revisionist backstory.
May 30, 2014
There's no denying this project's peculiar, landscape-changing power.
May 30, 2014
In the blood-red lipstick and midnight-black gown and cowl of her Sleeping Beauty antecedent, Jolie's Maleficent is magnificent.
May 30, 2014
Children of all ages should be dazzled.
May 29, 2014
Angelina Jolie's interpretation of the title character, which transforms the animated icon into a complex, fully realized woman, provides emotional depth and breadth.
May 29, 2014
Maleficent doesn't reinvent any wheels when it comes to the fairy-tale genre -- but the fairy tale already comes with pretty hardy wheels, and this sweet, child-friendly adaptation creaks along on them quite nicely.
May 29, 2014
This is Jolie's film because of the Maleficent she makes. Everyone else, even Aurora, fades in her presence.
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