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Maleficent IMAX 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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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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Maleficent

By AuthorKLRoncace
I've waited for this film since it was first announced about a year ago. It ended up being even more than I could have ever imagined. Put simply, 'Maleficent' was amazing....

pretty good

By torre
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Visual delight

By ascull
Not just for kids. Beautifully told story. Thought it was great!!...

Love love love

By aljordan2009
Angelina nailed it. I felt emotions I didn't expect. ..friggin awesome....

Maleficent

By principessa21
Angelina was awesome! Special effects were great!...

Unanticipated Joy

By irmc
Excellent production though and through. A very powerful message for our times too when you realize the forces at play. Witnessed on IMAX 3D, my wife and I in our seventh decade -- still appreciating...

Awesome

By MoBlack369
Great retelling of a classic story....

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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