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"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 desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As for the screenplay, by Linda Woolverton, it treads carefully, and all too kindly, in the footsteps of "Wicked" ..."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"All would be forgiven if the film had more magical feeling."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"Disney's #1 villain...they've turned her into a glorified nanny and a prankster."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"No Jolie can't carry this film, but there is plenty of blame to go around."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"Taking as its visual reference the classic Disney animated film about Sleeping Beauty, it is a much darker tale, and far less interesting, despite an arresting performance by Angelina Jolie."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"'Maleficent' is an admittedly great-looking, sometimes creepy."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"At least Disney was smart enough to cast Jolie. She has a genuinely heroic presence. If only the movie were equal to it."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"whenever the film threatens to sink into CGI oblivion or narrative clunkiness, Jolie is there to save the day with her screen-grabbing presence"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The material seems too dark and violent for the target demographic, who could have difficulty finding a rooting interest in characters that possess more degrees of villainy than heroism."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Giant holes in the plot are papered over by Janet McTeer's earnest narration, improbabilities abound, and it all seems longer than it actually is"
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Whatever its flaws, "Maleficent" is a family-friendly Disney adventure that offers a relaunched and thoroughly delightful Angelina Jolie ..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"There's several moments where the titular character sits around watching other people and waiting for things to happen. In order to re-invent it from her POV, there were bound to be a lot of things that don't make sense, such as believable motivations."
‑ Eric Melin,
"...remains surprisingly faithful to the original while recreating the title character... You only think you know the story (but this one - in many ways - is so much better)."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"With Aurora's aunts being female versions of The Three Stooges and a welcomed twist that becomes bittersweet in less than five minutes, Maleficent is a failed attempt at reconstructing one of the most evil animated characters of all time."
‑ Chris Sawin,
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