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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Reviews

October 21, 2019
There's no need for this [sequel]... It's almost not campy enough.
October 18, 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...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2019
The bottom line is that Maleficent 2 takes a brilliant character and doesn't completely bugger things up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 17, 2019
The big-horned heroine is played once again by Angelina Jolie in this dull sequel to the not-so-sparkling 2014 original.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a misfire, despite its wonderful title, which feels plucked straight from an Elvira movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 17, 2019
Jolie, of course, is compelling, charismatic, underused and far too good for the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 17, 2019
In this melted, wannabe 'Frozen', Angelina Jolie and her cheekbones return to an inert franchise to glare at Michelle Pfeiffer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 16, 2019
References to real-world tragedy can be worthwhile... But here, these plot elements come across as random, misguided and sadly unimaginative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 16, 2019
It's not a film that quite rises to the level of "good," but it is transfixing-a dizzying hodgepodge of ideas powered by the welcome return of Jolie to the big screen.
October 16, 2019
A haphazard mess on nearly every level, only able to work in fits and starts.
October 16, 2019
Unfortunately, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" is the stuff of nightmares.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 16, 2019
The saddest thing about "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" is that it's not bad, but typical, that this emptiness - this immersion in mass numbification - is the modern style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 16, 2019
The messages that undergird "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" are important ones. If only they didn't come wrapped in this goofy, chaotic package.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2019
Think twice about taking very young children - or even some susceptible adults - to this at-times shocking, if less than graphic, gloom-and-doom fest. But the worse sin is: It's boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 15, 2019
The cuddly creatures and razzle-dazzle action are enough to make two hours disappear, but it's only Jolie's bat-winged charisma that will rattle on in your memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2019
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!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2019
Until then, though, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil swoops you along with ease. Like so many Disney films, it is a commercial calculation with a just a splash of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2019
While the first film was, like "Wicked," an alternate view of a classic good-versus-evil tale, its sequel is a one-note, moralistic sledgehammer with no payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 15, 2019
There are interesting bits within the film that are by themselves entertaining but don't always seem to fit together.
October 15, 2019
Maleficent may have offered a sharp, original take on a well-worn story, but its sequel just feels like more fantasy fluff.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 15, 2019
Jolie's magnetism, plus the way she toes the line between being a fairy version of Batman and a menacing mistress of not-quite-evil-but-pretty-close, is why these "Maleficent" movies work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2019
Rønning, who served his Hollywood apprenticeship on the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, seems to be enslaving himself to franchises which dictate the most anonymous job possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 15, 2019
Some movies twist; the Maleficent series politely flips on a signal before any turns.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 15, 2019
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.
October 15, 2019
It mostly registers as a series of elaborate fauna-drenched screensavers stretched to fit across two hours of vague Disney myth.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 15, 2019
This Maleficent is disappointing, although Jolie certainly sells it hard, as does Fanning, who takes it as seriously as anything else in her career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 15, 2019
Embrace the imagery and "Mistress of Evil" almost works on its own terms, but anyone grasping for the bigger picture will find that it often evaporates under scrutiny.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 15, 2019
A sequel that feels programmed to within an inch of its life.
October 15, 2019
The true Disney villains in this case are off screen, sabotaging the studio's canon from within.