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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    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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    Alison WillmoreNew York Magazine/Vulture
    Belle is Hosoda's eighth feature and the one that feels like the most coherent blend of the various universes he's straddled as an animator.
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    Carlos AguilarTheWrap
    Envelops you with its clever mechanics and youthful preoccupations, but as the reflective subtext comes to light, it extends an invitation to reconnect with others offline and to beware the comfort of these surrogate identities.
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    Robert DanielsRogerEbert.com
    A meticulously crafted, albeit not totally original critique of internet culture, bursting with color and melodramatic teen angst.
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    Peter TraversABC News
    Oscar shortlisted for best animated film, this ravishing new gem from anime master Mamoru Hosoda is a knockout fantasia that cuts to the core of Gen Z lives that revolve around digi-tech and yet speaks a universal language of love and loss.
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    James CrootStuff.co.nz
    Inspired by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's 18th century novel Beauty and the Beast, that tale as old as time has been given an evocative, provocative and emotional very modern makeover.
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    Tara McNamaraCommon Sense Media
    Vibrantly spectacular, this anime movie imaginatively retells the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale as a humorous, heartfelt story of empowerment and self-discovery.
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    Dan MurrellDan Murrell Reviews
    The animation style is stunning...a vivid, brilliant, colorful world.
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    Harris DangThe AU Review
    Belle is another fantastic entry in Mamoru Hosoda's filmography. It is an astounding piece of work that manages to balance both whimsy and pathos in an illuminating and heartfelt way that few filmmakers can do.
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