Beloved (1998) Synopsis
The past and the supernatural haunt former slaves (Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover).
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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75

New York Daily News

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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...
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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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By hkcheather38
Great movie...

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By aubreystrange5
a very original and an awesome performance by oprah Winfrey....

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