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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

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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
"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."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Jolie's devilish best is smothered by a ploddingly safe movie insisting on vague goodness and badness, utterly redeeming a villain, and children being the very cutest-shmoopiest creatures in the world, oh-aren't-they-just?"
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Disney's #1 villain...they've turned her into a glorified nanny and a prankster."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"'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
"This is how you update a classic tale!"
‑ Michael A. Smith, MediaMikes
"Tonally, the story never knows whether it wants to be a kids' movie, a comedy, an action-driven fantasy, or a remake rooted more in the "dark and gritty" tradition of the original fairy tales on which it is based."
‑ Mark Hughes, Forbes
"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
"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,
"For all its digital spectacle and redundant action-violence it understands the power of the fraught gesture, the soft word, the shadowed expressionistic closeup: Jolie is photographed as lovingly and spookily here as Simone Simon in "Cat People.""
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"That the film is arguably far too emotionally and psychologically bleak for its target audience would be excusable, even laudable, if it were better."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
"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,
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