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80

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 blockbuster really is.
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80

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 passage of time will determine whether it holds in the memory with the strength of its animated predecessor.
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50

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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50

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 its subject or set up a satisfying alternate history, but it sure is nice to look at for 97 minutes.
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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 underneath our fairy tales and tarnishes the idea of true love without quite daring to say what's really on its mind: that even the best of us might not live happily ever after.
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56 out of 100
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