Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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  • While it's far from cursed, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil too rarely supports its impressive cast and visuals with enough magical storytelling to justify its existence.
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    Matthew ToomeyABC Radio Brisbane
    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is likely to have its fans given their admiration for the original but when compared to the aforementioned films, it's sorely lacking.
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    Chris KnightNational Post
    The plot seems a touch thin, the battle scenes interminable, and resolution, when it comes, unearned.
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    Rubén RosarioMiamiArtZine
    It goes down easy, thanks to a colorful palette and Woolverton's refusal to soft-pedal the nefarious lengths Queen Ingrith will go to carry out her anti-fairy agenda.
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    Debbie Lynn EliasBehind The Lens
    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is pure magic! A visually and emotionally exquisite tale that is simply beautiful.
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    Tim BraytonAlternate Ending
    Declares that Maleficent is hostile and threatening and scary, while also telling a story in which she is specifically not those things. It's very confounding and sloppy.
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    Simon WeavingScreenwize
    With the overwhelming razzle-dazzle of computer-generated vistas, there's definitely something missing. Fairytales are meant to be whispered, invoking wonder and mystery, even at their darkest. This is shouty and loud.
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    Laura GriffithsStarburst
    Fleshing out Maleficent's origins felt necessary, the attention given to this did feel like a departure from the rest of the story, only coming together in the final act, leaving the audience to wonder why we should care, or even why Maleficent would.
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    Stephanie ChapmanPop Culture Leftovers
    It has moments that will bring the audience from laughter to tears all while rooting for kindness and justice to prevail.
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    Vicky RoachDaily Telegraph (Australia)
    Elle Fanning's innocent flowerchild is cast from a depressingly familiar mould in this muddled, wildly uneven sequel to Disney's revisionist 2014 spin on the Sleeping Beauty legend.
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    Lauren BradshawCloture Club
    When Pfeiffer and Jolie are together in a scene, it is absolute fire. The icy glares, the shade, THE CHEEKBONES... this is what I came to see.
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