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Maleficent Synopsis
“Maleficent,” the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty,” reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora, only to later realize that the child may hold the key to...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Malificent

By kelaine
I loved it! I will most definitely own this on dvd. Simply amazing storytelling!...

Amazing!!!

By jazmen
I took my 5 yr old to see this movie since she is fascinated by princess. I loved the movie she loved the movie! I like how it wasn't the "prince" that broke the deep sleep spell. Graphics were...

MALEFICENT REV

By Maddi337
My only regret is that I didn't see the film in 3D. I bet the extra dimension would have been fantastic. Absolutely loved this film. For all ages but small children may get scared. Acting, directing,...

By Dave C.
Entertaining plot. Excellent special effects. Good costumes and acting. I left feeling I was well entertained....

Maleficent rocks!!

By nessie972
Absolutely brilliant! A nice twist to the story. Definitely a must watch....

Could have been darker but still disney

By Pizzzooo
Great story and angelina jolie is a great bad guy. loved it...

a new twist on an old tale

By SeiferDINC
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It was great movie to watch

By maboo1205
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Great movie

By kaitra
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So good...

By echoangie
I brought my two children, ages 9 and 11 with me to see this movie, and we thoroughly loved this movie. We've talked about every day since. Fantastic cinematography, and we loved the makeup work for...

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Rated PG | For Sequences of Fantasy Action, Frightening Images and Sequences of Fantasy Violence
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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