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A figure of fierce determination, Sethe is a runaway slave struggling to carve out a simple existence with her children in rural Ohio, 1873. She is hindered, however, by the painful legacy of her former life, and the desperate measures to which she is driven to keep herself and her family from returning to it. Paul D, an old friend who comes to visit Sethe and whose understanding is tested by her household's shattering secrets. Sethe's daughter, Denver, is an embattled young woman who must free herself from the crippling grasp of her mother's choices. And Thandie Newton is Beloved.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"A movie that requires the viewer to meet it halfway. Those willing to make the effort will be rewarded with an exquisitely photographed and intricately layered drama."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A knot of fierce emotions that is left for the viewer to untangle. Make the effort."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Okay, great performances, nice to look at -- but what this movie is missing is something to hold it together in the middle."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Demme masterfully exhibits both the harsh realities of the time with the unexplainable mystical world that settles in and around them like a fog, even if he has trouble making the two elements mesh."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Mournful and moving, eerie and uncompromising."
‑ L.J. Strom, Boxoffice Magazine
"Something rare: a brave film about the emotional toll of slavery, the anguish of memory and the cruel divisions that still sear African American lives."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Once this film gets its bearings, the unsentimental fierceness of its vision brushes obstacles and quibbles from its path."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Filled with some of the most extraordinary images of recent years, Beloved was apparently too powerful for audiences to handle back in 1998."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"Its spiritual messages, which are deep and true, redeem any structural flaws of this ambitious film."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Both Winfrey and Demme get a lot wrong."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, Sight and Sound
"Demme's potent adaptation of Morrison's novel may be substantial, but it is also engrossing."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Beloved is a movie that swims in your bloodstream, echoes through your bones!"
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It is sure to be studied, debated and cherished decades from now when Americans look to film for insights on who we are and where we have been."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"a demanding, unsettling picture full of savage violence and deep-seated misery. Even when Sethe finds comfort in the arms of old friend Paul D ...the sight of their broken, scarred bodies coming together is heartbreaking rather than erotic."
‑ James Sanford, Entertainment Insiders
"You don't necessarily enjoy it, in a sense, you simply experience it."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
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