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Maleficent Synopsis
“Maleficent,” the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty,” reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora, only to later realize that the child may hold the key to...
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Angelina Jolie is so wickedly enchanting in the magical, magnificent Maleficent, you may not notice how transporting this female-driven...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
A few bumpy patches notwithstanding, the new feature is an exquisitely designed, emotionally absorbing work of dark enchantment.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The result is a rare live-action Disney movie that merits comparison to its beloved feature-length cartoons.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Maleficent imparts a feeling of enchantment. Here is a world that's strange and beautiful.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Jolie's Maleficent is magnificent.
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75

RogerEbert.com

By Matt Zoller Seitz
The movie is a mess, but it's a rich mess. It has weight. It matters.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Calling Maleficent a "modern-day classic," as some have asserted, is overreaching. The production is engaging and appealing but only the...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It fails to live up to its early promise, mostly because of an uneven tone and murky character development
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50

Variety

By Andrew Barker
Uncertain of tone, and bearing visible scarring from what one imagines were multiple rewrites, the film fails to probe the psychology of...
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40

Village Voice

By Amy Nicholson
With more actual grrrl power, Maleficent would be a bold redo. Instead, it's a beautiful snooze, a story that hints at the darkness...
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Good twist on a well-known classic!

By mitasa01
Since almost everyone knows the tale of Sleeping Beauty, this is a fun twist that blends high quality digital effects with a fun cast. The storyline is well developed and fairly well acted...you can...

Fairy tale make over

By VBK
Love the visual look of the movie. The re-telling of the story is a plus because it doesn't portray Maleficent as a one dimensional character. Like the fact that the writer/director are able to...

Freaking loved it!

By Bethbeijos
Sleeping Beauty is my favorite fairytale. The movie tells a different side of the story....

Darker than Expected

By Morgan1792
This movie was darker than expected and pushed the intensity limits for my 10 & 11 year old daughters. However, it was a fun twist on an old story. There were tons of great lessons taught for...

AWESOME!!

By CrissiMcB
Best movie I've seen in years!...

Malificent

By luis2k10
Great movie!...

Bravo!

By passengercreek2
Superbly written, cast, and performed. This is an amazing twist on a wonderful story....

awesome

By Sunshynne83
loved loved loved it...

Great movie

By markdawne
Awesome movie. Both of my kids (boy & girl) loved it....

awesome. loved it!!!

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Rated PG | For Sequences of Fantasy Action, Frightening Images and Sequences of Fantasy Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Visually beautiful but dark retelling of classic fairytale.
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