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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83

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....

Stunning

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

Wonderful ....Inspiring....Romantic!

By Lady Velara
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EXCELLENT

By blatt381
Great story, Great acting. A must see movie...

Extraordinary...

By crandallcarr
and THIS is why I want to be a History professor when I grow up. This film is highly recommended!...

Excellent

By vantagepro10
Great story great acting well done nor for kids...

Loved the movie!

By Bruyerk
I loved this film. It was better than I thought it would be. I like this type of movie (based on a true story and history). This is not a typical movie my husband would usually pick to go to, but went...

Belle

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Excellent

By stbyer
I took eight members of my family - ranging in ages from 93 to 13 - and everyone loved the story (including the 15 year old teenage boy). Belle deals with serious issues in a special way. Highly...

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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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