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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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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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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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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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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...

We both loved it!

By tradel
My 6 year old son and I (40 year old mom!) both loved Maleficent. It was a great retelling from a fresh perspective. My son understood the themes and was mesmerized by the film. I am not generally an...

Malificent

By kelaine
I loved it! I will most definitely own this on dvd. Simply amazing storytelling!...

Maleficent?

By froggieb
Maleficent? More like Malefican't! I was not impressed with this movie. It seemed much longer than the 1 hr 38 min. One scene reminded me of Robin Hood Men in Tights, I got tired of trying to...

Loved It!!

By akmcgary
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Angelina Jolie was great as were the other actors as they told a slightly different version of the fairy tale classic. It was fun to watch and provided a nice...

Art in Motion

By sharipierre
This is not a Sleeping Beauty remake! The story has twist and turns. Angelina does an Amazing job as Maleficent! Every frame is a work of art!...

MUST SEE THIS !!

By love_anythingwithdepp
Not what you would expect. Surprisingly good movie! Angelina has comedic talent ! Great movie!...

Better than expected

By eblag7
Not sure what my expectations were but this film surpassed them. Angelina Jolie was born to play this role and she is superb. The movie is emotionally involving without overdoing it. Very enjoyable....

Maleficent

By Taft Family
I have been a fan of Maleficent for a long time. Angelina Jolie did a wonderful job bring this character to life and I can not imagine another actor playing this part. Special effects, the story...

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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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