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Maleficent 3D Synopsis
“Maleficent,” the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty,” reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.

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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Angelina Jolie is so wickedly enchanting in the magical, magnificent Maleficent, you may not notice how transporting this female-driven...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
A few bumpy patches notwithstanding, the new feature is an exquisitely designed, emotionally absorbing work of dark enchantment.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The result is a rare live-action Disney movie that merits comparison to its beloved feature-length cartoons.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Maleficent imparts a feeling of enchantment. Here is a world that's strange and beautiful.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Jolie's Maleficent is magnificent.
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75

RogerEbert.com

By Matt Zoller Seitz
The movie is a mess, but it's a rich mess. It has weight. It matters.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Calling Maleficent a "modern-day classic," as some have asserted, is overreaching. The production is engaging and appealing but only the...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It fails to live up to its early promise, mostly because of an uneven tone and murky character development
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Variety

By Andrew Barker
Uncertain of tone, and bearing visible scarring from what one imagines were multiple rewrites, the film fails to probe the psychology of...
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40

Village Voice

By Amy Nicholson
With more actual grrrl power, Maleficent would be a bold redo. Instead, it's a beautiful snooze, a story that hints at the darkness...
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Magnificent Maleficent!

By lofty49
I really enjoyed this movie a lot. I read a number of bad reviews, but wanted to try it out anyway. This was not your typical Sleeping Beauty plot line, but I thought the plot was very creative. ...

Magnificent!!

By Angelove1968
Great story told from a different perspective! Refreshing and original!...

Magically breath taking...

By NYChino407
These are the type of movies that open your imagination to experience a new realm. Angelina's character was dark and misunderstood. A must see!...

Jolie is great, story is a retelling

By kjd1035
What a great retelling of a classic story. Jolie is hilarious as Maleficent. Her wit and timing makes her a likable villain. Her cheekbones (all animated) deserve an award....

By LAYoung21
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By khamari1
Loved it!!!! A MUST see......

Great update to classic Disney tale!

By crbinsf
The movie adds layers and texture to the original Sleeping Beauty story, and gives the audience the opportunity to see Maleficent as a sympathetic character, who is driven by her emotions and need...

Maleficent the Mag

By Zocreative
Angelina's performance of the title character role Maleficent was magnificent. ***** ??...

The movie is really good, but 3D doesn't add much.

By youngkenshore
The movie was wonderful. The story original and the special effects were just right (beautiful and appropriate, not too excessive or Marvel-esque). I was grateful it wasn't as dark as I thought it...

Good family film

By inaalwaiiz
Great Disney movie! Angelina Jolie did an amazing job in her role. I would say it is similar to The Great and Powerful Oz but better....

More Info

Rated PG | For Sequences of Fantasy Violence, Sequences of Fantasy Action and Frightening Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Visually beautiful but dark retelling of classic fairytale.
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