Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Reviews

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October 21, 2019
There's no need for this [sequel]... It's almost not campy enough.
October 19, 2019
We get a classic buildup establishing heroes and villains; gorgeous, screen-popping visuals featuring beautiful and mysterious worlds; a bounty of colorful and magical creatures, and a lengthy, CGI-laden, climactic battle sequence...
October 18, 2019
The bottom line is that Maleficent 2 takes a brilliant character and doesn't completely bugger things up.
October 18, 2019
As is so often the case, Maleficent didn't exactly cry out for another chapter, but if forced to do one with a sharp spindle pointed at your head (or finger), this is about as good as one could have hoped.
October 18, 2019
And [Jolie] is a star here: something amazing to behold, an Old Hollywood glamour shot come to...well, not exactly come to life, but mobile, anyway.
October 18, 2019
Sadly, such fun is not to be had in "Mistress of Evil," a needless sequel to the 2014 "Sleeping Beauty" riff that fails to fully value the entire of appeal of these films: Jolie's Maleficent.
October 18, 2019
See it for the inventive, elaborate costumes (designed by Ellen Mirojnick), for the tiny-albeit slightly creepy-mushroom people and the miniature fairies wearing dandelion tutus, and for Jolie...
October 18, 2019
The big-horned heroine is played once again by Angelina Jolie in this dull sequel to the not-so-sparkling 2014 original.
Top Critic
October 17, 2019
While it's a pleasure to see Pfeiffer lay into a regal villain, it's odd to see a Maleficent film with so little Maleficent, and all the giggly little sprites in the world can't make up for it.
October 17, 2019
What the story boils down to, then, is a mixed-marriage parable, one that could be panderingly "on trend," but which the filmmakers handle fairly thoughtfully.
October 17, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a misfire, despite its wonderful title, which feels plucked straight from an Elvira movie.
October 17, 2019
Jolie, of course, is compelling, charismatic, underused and far too good for the material.
October 17, 2019
In this melted, wannabe 'Frozen', Angelina Jolie and her cheekbones return to an inert franchise to glare at Michelle Pfeiffer.
October 17, 2019
Maleficent is back and so is Jolie, who, with her augmented cheekbones and perfectly calibrated hauteur, remains the only reason to bother with it. Much else has changed and not for the better, whatever this hash insists.
October 17, 2019
Jolie seems utterly trapped by the narrow conception of the role, which requires her to speak in a clipped British accent and keep emotional display to a minimum. Sometimes her stiffness is played for laughs, sometimes she's just stiff.
October 17, 2019
It all feels rushed-through and improperly considered, like a fairy tale told to a child by a grownup who's tired and bored and just wants to go to bed.
October 17, 2019
It's not just that Jolie's character is more captivating and engrossing than pretty much anything else in the movie, it's that her clothes are too.
October 17, 2019
Really, the fun of this movie - aside from the glorious and very velvet-forward costumes, by Ellen Mirojnick - is the performances of the two Hollywood pros at its center, both perfectly cast.
October 16, 2019
Mistress of Evil makes a conscious decision to address a subject that not many family films would touch with a ten-foot pole...then bungles the implications and the message.
October 16, 2019
References to real-world tragedy can be worthwhile... But here, these plot elements come across as random, misguided and sadly unimaginative.
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