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Beauty and the Beast movie reviews

20-03-2017

Here's what critics are saying about 'Beauty and the Beast', starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Josh Gad:

The Guardian

The whole movie is lit in that fascinatingly artificial honeyglow light, and it runs smoothly on rails – the kind of rails that will bring in and out the stage sets for the lucrative Broadway touring version Disney surely has in mind. Read the complete movie review here.

Variety

The larger fantasy promoted by a movie like this one is that we’ll somehow see an animated feature “come to life.” And that may be a dream of re-branding — shared by studio and audience alike — that carries an element of creative folly. Animation, at its greatest, is already a glorious imitation of life. It’s not clear that audiences need an imitation of the imitation. Read the complete movie review here.

The Telegraph

Condon has done virtually everything in his power to make this film work, down to a sugar-rush finale which makes the star cameos pay off like bonus punchlines – or those “very special guest” appearances for 10 seconds at the end of a panto. Gorging all at once on this chocolate box of a picture feels almost greedy, but why stop at once? A large chunk of its audience will be straight back in line for seconds. Read the complete movie review here.

The Wrap

Condon's "Beauty and the Beast" is the kind of enormous production in which it seems as if anxious executives were pressuring and second-guessing the decisions of the creative team. The result is a star-stuffed relay race that looks like an assignment more than anything else. Read the complete movie review here.

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