BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Maleficent Reviews

By Drax Largo on May 30th, 2014

Critic Reviews for Maleficent

via Rotten Tomatoes

At least Disney was smart enough to cast Jolie. She has a genuinely heroic presence. If only the movie were equal to it.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

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Whatever its flaws, “Maleficent” is a family-friendly Disney adventure that offers a relaunched and thoroughly delightful Angelina Jolie …

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Salon.com

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It hardly matters that Jolie’s accent rambles a bit between pungent Cockney and plummy Buckingham Palace.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: NPR

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Long live the feminist revisionist backstory.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

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In the blood-red lipstick and midnight-black gown and cowl of her Sleeping Beauty antecedent, Jolie’s Maleficent is magnificent.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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Children of all ages should be dazzled.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Detroit News

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“Maleficent” is rather good, mostly because of Jolie. She does grab your attention. But, overall, the movie lacks the Disney charm that has carried its fantasies – live action and animated – into the hearts and minds of viewers.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Instead of replicating classic Disney magic, Maleficent feels more like one of the CGI-cluttered fairy tale retellings of recent years.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly

Las Vegas Weekly

For all the pixie dust and dragon fire in Maleficent, the most special effect throughout is Angelina Jolie, radiating imperious authority over a disorderly movie.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times

As a live-action twist on the Disney animated classic Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is a dark and engaging fable set in an imaginative and beautiful world. But none of that matters if not for Angelina Jolie in the title role.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade

A revisionist fairy tale with a wonderfully sharp feminist edge.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Canada.com

Canada.com

All would be forgiven if the film had more magical feeling.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Orange County Register

Orange County Register

Sleeping Beauty reloaded. Maleficent is darker than expected and an incredible visual experience.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: MovieWeb

The piercing blue eyes and pouting red lips of the stunning Angelina Jolie make a perfect “Maleficent.”

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Among the lesser of the Sleeping Beauty story’s many incarnations, but at least it’s an ambitious failure.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: MLive.com

MLive.com

There’s nothing much here for those outside the PG Disney Princess-aimed target market to sink their horns into.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: COED.com

COED.com

Jolie, appearing in her first live-action film since 2010, must be and is the movie’s strongest asset.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

As she did with Alice in Wonderland, screenwriter Linda Woolverton uses simplistic plotting and clumsy dialogue to turn a children’s story into an eerily dark Lord of the Rings-style effects extravaganza.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com

Contactmusic.com

Warmed-over Frozen.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: National Catholic Register

National Catholic Register

Skeptics will discount this new version of Maleficent, but with Jolie’s bravura performance and Fanning as precious as ever, it’s not hard to swallow this fairy tale.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Jolie displays an incredible propensity for being beautiful and menacing at the same time.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Kaplan vs. Kaplan

It’s transformed from a fairy tale into every movie you’ve ever seen about a curmudgeon who learns to open his/her heart and love an adorable child.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

Hollywood & Fine

Jolie’s commitment to the part is admirable: She gives this Maleficent a real emotional urgency. But the rest of the movie lets her down.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Vulture

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