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Based on 24 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What is surprising -- remarkable even -- is that Beloved arrives onscreen with a minimum of dull virtue, gagging uplift and slick Hollywood gloss. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Doesn't sanitize its tale of African American loss and survival -- the way Steven Spielberg's “The Color Purple'' did -- but delves deeply, heartbreakingly into an American tragedy. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Often a cinematic marvel and often the year's most pungent movie medicine, Beloved always feels as if it's carrying the world's weight, and maybe it is. [16 October 1998, p. 7E] show more

  • 75
    New York Daily News

    Has a great deal going for it. [16 October 1998, p. 57] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film had a curious effect on me. I was sometimes confused about events as they happened, but all the pieces are there, and the film creates an emotional whole. It's more effective when it's complete than during the unfolding experience. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Beloved is for those who want substance from a movie, and don't mind facing uncomfortable truths in the process. show more

  • 88
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Jonathan Demme's potent adaptation of Morrison's novel may be substantial, but it is also engrossing, a movie that plays at times like a combination of “Gone With The Wind” and “The Exorcist.” show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Much of the acting is solid, but earnest performances can't give the picture all the bite and excitement it sorely needs. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    The dramatic payoff is a bit disappointing; the movie is often overwrought; and its sense of its own importance finally wears you down. show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    They've taken material with the power to insinuate itself directly into the realm of the imagination, and made it strangely inert and lifeless. show more

  • September 30, 2010 Verla1
    Report This User

    Those who panned Beloved seemed out of touch with their proported ability to understand its complicated and history-bound emotionality. The unfolding of the tale during the three hours of film was carefully done and fed the horrible impact of slavery felt by Sethe to the viewer a bit at a time. Masterful handling of a difficult topic brought to life by brilliant acting!

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