Excerpt: While the film takes liberties with the story we all know, it has a strong atmosphere, great nods to fantasy worlds and a knowing performance by Angelina Jolie that makes Maleficent enjoyable if nothing more.
Excerpt: Falling into the same trap as “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Woolverton’s revisionist take uses the spurned love of a supernatural female as the catalyst for an evil makeover and makes a muddle of the original Sleeping Beauty tale in the process.
Excerpt: Angelina Jolie is obviously enjoying the role with an exhilarated air that is contagious. Whether it be with an arched brow or a curl of the lips, her scenery chewing performance commands your attention with her stylized manner.
Excerpt: However, despite Maleficent’s visual opulence and the A-list presence of Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie as the curvaceous and infamous force behind the cursed pillow-hugging platitudes of Princess Aurora this live-action fantasy just does not live up to its flamboyant whimsy.
Excerpt: A striking, sultry movie-star performance by Angelina Jolie anchors Disney’s Maleficent, a CGI-infused take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that purports to spin the story on its head by telling it from the point of view of its chief villain, the titular evil queen who curses an infant princess on the day she’s born.
Excerpt: Angelina Jolie is the reason to see Maleficent; the movie practically rises and falls on the power of her performance. Jolie is so good in the title role of Maleficent, that you wish she were cast in a better movie.