Beloved (1998)

When a former slave takes in a feral young woman, strange occurrences begin to take place, begging the question: could she be his older daughter, back from the dead? Starring Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey, and based on the book by Toni… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: October 16, 1998
DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A powerful, emotional and successful film adaptation of the original novel.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A movie that requires the viewer to meet it halfway. Those willing to make the effort will be rewarded with an exquisitely photographed and intricately layered drama.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A knot of fierce emotions that is left for the viewer to untangle. Make the effort.

Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Okay, great performances, nice to look at -- but what this movie is missing is something to hold it together in the middle.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Something rare: a brave film about the emotional toll of slavery, the anguish of memory and the cruel divisions that still sear African American lives.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Once this film gets its bearings, the unsentimental fierceness of its vision brushes obstacles and quibbles from its path.

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Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Filled with some of the most extraordinary images of recent years, Beloved was apparently too powerful for audiences to handle back in 1998.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Demme's potent adaptation of Morrison's novel may be substantial, but it is also engrossing.

Paul Tatara

This screeching, grotesque display of shattered human dignity is about as subtle as five or ten thousand kicks in the head from a mule, with the kicks getting exceedingly baroque as the movie progresses.

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

It is sure to be studied, debated and cherished decades from now when Americans look to film for insights on who we are and where we have been.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Robert C
I think this movie was greatly underated partly because of Oprah's involvment, but she does another amazing job at acting and the film is beautifully shot… More
Daniel Parsons
Made with conviction, passion, labor and the very best of intentions, <i>Beloved</i> is a dense, complex, hard going but rewarding film based on a… More
Cameron Johnson
After something of a lengthy hiatus, Jonathan Demme made a booming comeback in 1998 by paying homage to both of his dramatic claims to fame, by simultaneously… More
Erin Collins
This could have been much shorter, and I think it would've been better if it had been.
John Ballantine
A disappointment. The grant return of Oprah Winfrey to the big screen is a forgettable tale of slavery. So many other attempts have been better presented.

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