Belle

critic Reviews

, 95% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A remarkable story brought to life with dazzling animation, Belle finds writer-director Mamoru Hosoda setting a brilliant new benchmark.
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    Edward PorterTimes (UK)
    ... A refreshingly balanced view of the internet’s effect on society.
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    Simran HansObserver (UK)
    The film’s message is a beautiful one: to integrate our real-life vulnerabilities with the persona we project is to become all the more powerful.
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    Kambole CampbellEmpire Magazine
    Though it misses a couple of notes in its final act, it’s an exhilarating sensory experience, with great emotional depths.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    There's some amazing big-screen spectacle in this weird postmodern emo photo-love drama...
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    Paul ByrnesSydney Morning Herald
    Wherever, it's a spectacular visual feast, based on the simplest of ideas: that a young girl's sadness at the death of her mother is a powerful thing.
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    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    There's too much plot for the film to manage, but its heart, and sumptuous art, are so firmly in the right place that its appeal comes through sweet and clear.
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    Sam InglisHeyUGuys
    A triumph of a release from All The Anime. An exhaustive, technically excellent, and beautifully presented package for one of Mamoru Hosoda’s best films to date.
[Belle Limited Edition 4K Boxset review]
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    Sarah WardConcrete Playground
    While it mightn't seem like it'd need courage to create this lush, grand, generous and captivating film — and gorgeous as well — but bold, insightful and transfixing takes on stories as old as rhyme just don't come around that often.
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    Javier OcañaEl Pais (Spain)
    A reflection on solitude, trauma, timidity, and adolescent grief which simultaneously happens against a virtual universe with almost discordant colors and plagued with five million followers. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Alejandro G. CalvoSensacine
    A visual wellspring, a cascade of fast, fleeting images that capture quite well the sign of the times. [Full review in Spanish]
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