Maleficent
Maleficent (2014)

"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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 30, 2014
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2014
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Angelina Jolie's magnetic performance outshines Maleficent's dazzling special effects; unfortunately, the movie around them fails to justify all that impressive effort.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

As for the screenplay, by Linda Woolverton, it treads carefully, and all too kindly, in the footsteps of "Wicked" ...

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

Jolie is perfectly suited for the role, letting everyone know with her eyes when she's just funnin' and when she's actually angry.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

'Maleficent' is an admittedly great-looking, sometimes creepy.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

All would be forgiven if the film had more magical feeling.

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Becky Suter
TheShiznit.co.uk

[Disney] has learned plenty from Pixar's special move of subverting traditional perceptions of good and evil, mixing it with the love of a good origins story ( la Marvel) and with an added dash of wry humour that works for kids and grown ups alike.

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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE

It's a technological marvel starring the world's biggest celebrity: the full weight of Hollywood spectacle incarnate.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

At least Disney was smart enough to cast Jolie. She has a genuinely heroic presence. If only the movie were equal to it.

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Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage

A muddy experience, both visually and thematically, although Angelina Jolie vibrates with a radiant camp intensity that demands a better, more confident movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
Robert Stromberg doesn't get magnificent with Maleficent. 90 minutes may seem short at first, but once the storytelling takes place, it seems fitting.… More
Film Crazy
A creepy but wickedly entertaining untold story of the classic Snow White cartoon. An easy to watch afternoon movie, pretty enjoyable!
Matthew Slaven
Disney has produced a nice update to Sleeping Beauty that reflects society's more evolved value towards women. Whereas the original paints women as… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
A nice character interpretation from Angelina Jolie as 'Maleficent' who unfortunately didn't have the backup from its weak script.. The story is… More
familiar stranger
Try it at your own risk. IMO, best leave it for kids (although I'm not sure if even they'd enjoy this just another fairy tale that's best left… More
Kevin M. Williams
Disney correctly gauged the times when it decided to feature one of it's premier villains as a protagonist worthy of Vader-like admiration. Unfortunately… More