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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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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New York Daily News

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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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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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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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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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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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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Loved it!

By paulgpinho
Great story, wonderful cast....


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

beautiful and interesting story

By khonor
I went with my eleven year old daughter and her friend. It was a little confusing for them to understand the racial issues presented but the stunning and graceful protagonist, love story and bad...


By krautsch15
This film really surpassed many of my expectations! It is full of wit, suspense, and history! The movie Belle also engages societal issues through its historical setting, which should help many...


By doug81
It’s beautiful, it’s elegant, it’s intelligent, it’s entertaining and it makes an ethical point appropriate to these times. Granted, Dale and I enjoy “period pieces” and this is part of that genre. ...


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....


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

Love story

By cocowomyn
Very interesting story. Can you image living with family but not being able to dine with them at any meals in your home. I would love to have seen more of the story from Belle's prospective. Some of...


By cgsherman
History with a touching tale. Not romantic; not adventure...just the lives of people caught at a crossroads and faced with monumental choices....


By historylover
Beautiful, inspiring, and true. How can you go wrong....

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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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