Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

critic Reviews

, 40% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • 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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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    There's no need for this [sequel]... It's almost not campy enough.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    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...
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    The bottom line is that Maleficent 2 takes a brilliant character and doesn't completely bugger things up.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    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.
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    Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    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.
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    Jake CoyleAssociated Press
    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.
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    Chris StuckmannChrisStuckmann.com
    There's a lot of money on the screen, Angelina Jolie is once again really good in the film, the musical score is great, and some of the action sequences are cool. But the story this time around is even less investing than last time.
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    Casey ChongCasey's Movie Mania
    The sequel, however, is thankfully an improvement over the poorly-executed first movie, thanks to the more experienced director Joachim Rønning.
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    Alan FrenchWe Bought a Blog
    Maleficient: Mistress of Evil could certainly be worse, but that does not make it a good movie either.
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    Allison RoseFlickDirect
    Pfeiffer, as usual, is magnificently portraying the not so innocent and kind-hearted queen.
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