Has a great deal going for it. [16 October 1998, p. 57] Full Review
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. Full Review
The New York Times
Beloved works on its own but is much enhanced by familiarity with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. In so ambitiously bringing this story to the screen, Ms. Winfrey underscores a favorite, invaluable credo: read the book. Full Review
Beloved is for those who want substance from a movie, and don't mind facing uncomfortable truths in the process. Full Review
The Onion (A.V. Club)
Beloved has an almost gut-wrenching quality to it. But the same can't be said for the movie overall--it's a noble, ambitious failure, but a failure nonetheless.