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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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Jolie's charisma has always been even more powerful than her considerable cheekbones (and they are even more considerable here). She strides through the movie as if she owns, not only it, but the theater and the audience as well.

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Richard Roeper

'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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Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The final battle, where Maleficent takes on her ex and his army, is exciting and horrible, but the movie leading up to it feels like an underwritten outline: Good > Bad > Good? > Dragon.

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Eric Kohn

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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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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Red Lats
I enjoyed Maleficent. It is easy to see how Maleficent would cast that spell on Aurora, and how she might have second thoughts later. Angelina Jolie did a… More
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
Carlos Magalh„es
Angelina Jolie is radiant and delivers a nuanced performance in this decent retelling of the fairy tale that features dazzling visuals, a great score and a… 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
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!