Maleficent (2014)

"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 4, 2014
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Angelina Jolie's magnetic performance outshines Maleficent's dazzling special effects; unfortunately, the movie around them fails to justify all that impressive effort.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

As for the screenplay, by Linda Woolverton, it treads carefully, and all too kindly, in the footsteps of "Wicked" ...

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

All would be forgiven if the film had more magical feeling.

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J.C. Mašek III

Maleficent became one of Disney's premiere baddies because she was so dark and menacing in the first place. This is far from a mere "humanizing" of the character, but a worthy adventure in its own right.

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Richard Roeper

'Maleficent' is an admittedly great-looking, sometimes creepy.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

At least Disney was smart enough to cast Jolie. She has a genuinely heroic presence. If only the movie were equal to it.

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Jeff Beck

"Maleficent" is a fascinating spin on an old tale that gives us the unique opportunity to explore the story from a different point of view.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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Andrew O'Hehir

Whatever its flaws, "Maleficent" is a family-friendly Disney adventure that offers a relaunched and thoroughly delightful Angelina Jolie ...

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

While little is properly explained - hence the excessive narration - the scene where Jolie clutches her chest while howling for her beautiful wings, is deeply moving.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
Robert Stromberg doesn't get magnificent with Maleficent. 90 minutes may seem short at first, but once the storytelling takes place, it seems fitting.… More
Film Crazy
A creepy but wickedly entertaining untold story of the classic Snow White cartoon. An easy to watch afternoon movie, pretty enjoyable!
Matthew Slaven
Disney has produced a nice update to Sleeping Beauty that reflects society's more evolved value towards women. Whereas the original paints women as… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
A nice character interpretation from Angelina Jolie as 'Maleficent' who unfortunately didn't have the backup from its weak script.. The story is… More
familiar stranger
Try it at your own risk. IMO, best leave it for kids (although I'm not sure if even they'd enjoy this just another fairy tale that's best left… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Disney correctly gauged the times when it decided to feature one of it's premier villains as a protagonist worthy of Vader-like admiration. Unfortunately… More