Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest co-director Joachim Rønning joins Angelina Jolie for the sequel to the 2014 Disney fantasy adventure centred around the titular Sleeping Beauty villain.

Five years following the events of the first film, Maleficent's life takes an unexpected turn when Prince Phillip proposes to Aurora (Elle Fanning). But when Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) uses the wedding to try to divide humans and fairies forever, Maleficent and Aurora find themselves opposite sides of an impending war.

2019Rating: PG, Mild fantasy themes and violence, some scenes may scare young children118 minsUSA
AdventureFantasyBlockbuster
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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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Maleficent is defined by her refusal to fit into the human world, and the film itself has trouble knowing what to do with her: for a supposed protagonist, she spends a remarkable amount of time offscreen. In turn, 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.

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Stuff

Stuff

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a pile of fun, very well assembled. At different moments, it reminded me of everything from Avatar to Game of Thrones. Like the six year olds sitting next to me, I pretty much loved every minute of it.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Young ones will no doubt be swept away by the big-budget fairy tale basics on display here but most viewers will probably leave the theatre wondering why the film exists at all.

2.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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As the nemesis to Angelina Jolie's red-lipped siren, Pfeiffer gives us exactly what we want - the same hissing Catwoman attitude she heated up for Mother!

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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It's hard not to appreciate the sheer derangement of the plot that Ingrith has concocted, which is so cruel and so elaborate... as to make even the original Maleficent's machinations in "Sleeping Beauty" look tame by comparison.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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This Maleficent is disappointing, although Jolie certainly sells it hard, as does Fanning, who takes it as seriously as anything else in her career.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A sequel that feels programmed to within an inch of its life.

0
Variety

Variety

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The true Disney villains in this case are off screen, sabotaging the studio's canon from within.

0
Total Film

Total Film

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An uninspired and unnecessary sequel that won't leave you spellbound. There's neither enough Maleficent or genuine magic to make it worth a revisit.

2.0
1
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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An improvement on the first film, in the end, and an encouraging rallying cry against fear and intolerance, but it's still far too busy and baroque to match its leading lady's elegance.

3.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Maleficent is defined by her refusal to fit into the human world, and the film itself has trouble knowing what to do with her: for a supposed protagonist, she spends a remarkable amount of time offscreen. In turn, 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.

1.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a pile of fun, very well assembled. At different moments, it reminded me of everything from Avatar to Game of Thrones. Like the six year olds sitting next to me, I pretty much loved every minute of it.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Young ones will no doubt be swept away by the big-budget fairy tale basics on display here but most viewers will probably leave the theatre wondering why the film exists at all.

2.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

As the nemesis to Angelina Jolie's red-lipped siren, Pfeiffer gives us exactly what we want - the same hissing Catwoman attitude she heated up for Mother!

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's hard not to appreciate the sheer derangement of the plot that Ingrith has concocted, which is so cruel and so elaborate... as to make even the original Maleficent's machinations in "Sleeping Beauty" look tame by comparison.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This Maleficent is disappointing, although Jolie certainly sells it hard, as does Fanning, who takes it as seriously as anything else in her career.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A sequel that feels programmed to within an inch of its life.

0
Variety

Variety

press

The true Disney villains in this case are off screen, sabotaging the studio's canon from within.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

An uninspired and unnecessary sequel that won't leave you spellbound. There's neither enough Maleficent or genuine magic to make it worth a revisit.

2.0
1
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An improvement on the first film, in the end, and an encouraging rallying cry against fear and intolerance, but it's still far too busy and baroque to match its leading lady's elegance.

3.0
0