100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Doesn't sanitize its tale of African American loss and survival -- the way Steven Spielberg's “The Color Purple'' did -- but delves deeply, heartbreakingly into an American tragedy.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film had a curious effect on me. I was sometimes confused about events as they happened, but all the pieces are there, and the film creates an emotional whole. It's more effective when it's complete than during the unfolding experience.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Jonathan Demme's potent adaptation of Morrison's novel may be substantial, but it is also engrossing, a movie that plays at times like a combination of “Gone With The Wind” and “The Exorcist.”
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Beloved is for those who want substance from a movie, and don't mind facing uncomfortable truths in the process.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What is surprising -- remarkable even -- is that Beloved arrives onscreen with a minimum of dull virtue, gagging uplift and slick Hollywood gloss.
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75

New York Daily News

Has a great deal going for it. [16 October 1998, p. 57]
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Often a cinematic marvel and often the year's most pungent movie medicine, Beloved always feels as if it's carrying the world's weight, and maybe it is. [16 October 1998, p. 7E]
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Winfrey's performance is full of stoic anger, and individual moments have ferocity and pull, yet you're always aware of them as moments.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
The dramatic payoff is a bit disappointing; the movie is often overwrought; and its sense of its own importance finally wears you down.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Much of the acting is solid, but earnest performances can't give the picture all the bite and excitement it sorely needs.
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57 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.