Belle Synopsis
The mixed-race daughter of a British admiral becomes a force for change in 18th-century England.
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Beautifully cast, touchingly played and handsomely mounted, Belle is as close to perfect as any costumed romance has a right to be.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
Like "Downton Abbey" but with corsets, culottes, and tricorn hats, Belle subtly skewers the absurd rules and hypocrisies of class. But the...
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80

The Wrap

By Inkoo Kang
Belle's extraordinary intelligence is most evident in its slow but satisfying disentanglement of the jumble of privileges and disadvantages...
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80

New York Daily News

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The serious tone of director Amma Asante’s film goes far in undercutting any gloss. It looks more like a murky Rembrandt than an episode of...
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Elegant and understated, Belle is a true story about the effects of slavery on 18th-century England, told in the style of a sweeping...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The layered film's blend of Austen-style romance, courtroom drama and historical look at the British slave trade works surprisingly well,...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Belle, with its country manors and its city slums, its snooty nobles and its fiery idealists, its ballroom dances and barroom conspiracies,...
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70

Variety

By Justin Chang
That the film still works as well as it does is due to not only its polished craftsmanship and disarming comedy-of-manners approach, but...
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
When Asante finally closes with a close-up of Belle’s portrait, there’s something in her eyes and her smile that suggests so much more.
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Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
There's a great story here, but Asante — who has made one previous feature, the 2004 drama A Way of Life — can't quite harness its power.
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"Belle" lives up to its name

By nicolemarievacca
I saw this film yesterday with my mom and my sister. My sister hates period films and even she liked it! The story is so human, and the characters were fleshed-out and relatable. The cast did a great...

Loved it!

By paulgpinho
Great story, wonderful cast....

Loved this movie!

By o06072
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Belle of the Ball!

By gr8penut
Outstanding story and acting. Such a horrific topic, but excellent portrayal and a feel-good ending. The audience clapped for a long time at the end. Must see....

Belle

By jchrist52
This was a great movie with fantastic actors. There is much to learn from this movie - so much history is lost so I thank this producer/writer for enlightening us...

Excellent

By miquan6999
I must see....very emotional...plenty of tear jerker parts....

Bravo!!

By numinousstone
I give the movie an 8 but Belle receives a 10. It is a drama that captures the emotional transition from recognizing the personal costs of slavery on a landed British family. Tom Wilkerson was great....

Stunning

By mozzmendez
A gorgeously crafted experience. A rare gem. They don't make them like this anymore!...

belle is belle

By herman55
great movie, must go...

Awesome

By suzetta2003
I really enjoyed this movie it is a wonderful story, about love, and has a great command of language....

More Info

Rated PG | For Thematic Elements, Some Language and Brief Smoking Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ Important, affecting, engrossing drama for tweens and up.
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