New Angelina Jolie ‘Maleficent’ movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Walt Disney Pictures released their new Angelina Jolie branded, fantasy film, “Maleficent,” into theaters yesterday, May 30th, and the top critic have submitted their reviews. It turns out that it just did ok with them, getting mixed reviews with an overall 56 score out of 100 across 38 reviews at the site.

The movie stars: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. We’ve served up blurbs from a couple of the critics,below.

Joe Neumaier from the New York Daily News, gave it a nice 80 score, saying: “Angelina Jolie is so wickedly enchanting in the magical, magnificent Maleficent, you may not notice how transporting this female-driven blockbuster really is.”

Sheri Linden at the The Hollywood Reporter, gave it an 80. She said: “A few bumpy patches notwithstanding, the new feature is an exquisitely designed, emotionally absorbing work of dark enchantment.”

Matt Zoller Seitz over at, gave it a 75. He stated: “The movie is a mess, but it’s a rich mess. It has weight. It matters.” Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75, saying: “Maleficent imparts a feeling of enchantment. Here is a world that’s strange and beautiful.”

Betsy Sharkey at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 70 score, stating, “Though it never plays like a polemic, the film has so much it wants to say the emotional power that might have made it a classic is undercut.”

Keith Staskiewicz over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 67, saying: “The characters are boiled down to their essentials, the humor is timelessly broad, and Jolie’s at her best when she’s curling her claws and elongating her vowels like a black-sabbath Tallulah Bankhead.”

Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 score. He stated: “While this is Jolie’s show, obviously — and she’s terrifically arch — the surprising dearth of other compelling characters doesn’t offer much distraction when things get off track.”

Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 63 grade. He said: “This is almost entirely Angelina Jolie’s show…this is a performance that goes from point A to point B without seeming rote, or ho-hum.”

Manohla Dargis at The New York Times, gave it a 60 grade, saying, “Consciously or not, coherently or not, Maleficent tells a new kind of story about how we live now, not once upon another time. And it does so by suggesting, among other things, that budding girls and older women are not natural foes, even if that’s what fairy tales, Hollywood and the world like to tell us.”

Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 50 score. She stated: “It fails to live up to its early promise, mostly because of an uneven tone and murky character development.”

Andrew Barker from Variety, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: ” Uncertain of tone, and bearing visible scarring from what one imagines were multiple rewrites, the film fails to probe the psychology of its subject or set up a satisfying alternate history, but it sure is nice to look at for 97 minutes.”

Finally, Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a really bad 38 grade, saying: “Jolie comes to this party ready to bite, but the movie muzzles her. Even at 97 minutes, Maleficent is still one long, laborious slog.” Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Google Plus by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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