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      Beloved

      R Released Oct 16, 1998 2 hr. 52 min. History Drama List
      72% 127 Reviews Tomatometer 71% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score In 1873 Ohio, Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) is a mother of three haunted by her horrific slavery past and her desperate actions for freedom. As a result, Sethe's home is haunted by a furious poltergeist, which drives away her two sons. Sethe and her daughter (Kimberly Elise) endure living with the spirit for 10 more years, until an old friend, Paul D. Garner (Danny Glover), arrives to run it out. After Garner moves in, a strange woman named Beloved (Thandie Newton) enters their lives, causing turmoil. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Sep 06 Buy Now

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      A powerful, emotional and successful film adaptation of the original novel.

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      Jerod S Portions of Beloved gave chilling insight to slavery and all the things that come with it. Other parts felt like Jodie Foster in Nell. Other parts seemed to be a rabbit trail that took our eyes off Oprah's family and the central action of the story. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/23/23 Full Review Kyle N This may have been one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my entire life, and I have watched many. The quality of the effects are very poor, even for a somewhat older movie. And the so-called "powerful" scenes occur too often and are badly delivered, whether that be the music or the use of slo-motion. Overall I would not recommend this film unless you are interested in wasting 2+ hours of your life. Terrible! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Steve D Fans of the book will love it but the story has never worked for me. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member I remember when Oprah was promoting this film. I had already read the book for school, so I knew it wasn't something I wanted to see on film. I have mostly forgotten the book's plot at this point, but I decided to finally check out the movie. Too weird for me. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is one of most disturbing, disjointed illogical movies you’ll ever watch, or not. It is not a accurate historical drama, it is not a thought provoking social just drama, it is not a love story and it is not a suspenseful horror film. It is not worth your time Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/13/22 Full Review Audience Member This film and its source material are so disturbing and markedly non-commercial, it's amazing this film was ever made. All credit goes to Oprah, who put her name and money behind it, ensuring Beloved was created by talented people with utmost respect for the novel, and not sanitized or dumbed down. The result is a truly weird, visceral and moving piece of art unlike anything else put to film. Of course it is not as good as the book; no film could ever live up to Toni Morrison's work, but I'm glad they tried. It's a great adaptation that complements the novel nicely. If you want literary flourish, read the book, and watch the film for the excellent cinematography, costumes, and acting. It is great to see talented people in these roles, including an unforgettable turn by Thandie Newton in the title role. I'm still not sure I liked what she did with the role, but I know I'll never forget it. Of course the film is not perfect; the more internal psychological parts of the novel are lost in adaptation, while the pacing starts out slow and abruptly speeds up in the second half. But this horror/historical fiction hybrid is captivating all the way through with some truly unforgettable moments. I don't even mind the run time because it is so entrancing to watch. To me this is a very remarkable film, the kind that was an inevitable flop because it was far too intense and strange for mainstream audiences in the 1990s, but is an important piece of filmmaking nonetheless. It was ahead of its time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Elvis Mitchell Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com It's a daring and provocative collection of ideas and heart that needed to be better, but still has something going for it. Rated: 3/4 Feb 2, 2022 Full Review Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun The result is an extraordinary film that is always hypnotically watchable, even as it presents the audience with scenes of harrowing pain. Rated: 4/4 Feb 2, 2022 Full Review Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly Demme's Beloved is permanently heated to the boil. Rightly so, for the terrain of Toni Morrisons magisterial novel, on which the movie is based, is not the politics of slavery but its private agonies, the torture of evil turned inward against the self. Feb 2, 2022 Full Review Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight “Beloved” is easily one of the year’s best films. An emotionally intense motion picture. Rated: 4/4 Feb 6, 2023 Full Review Alison Macor Austin American-Statesman Beloved stumbles a bit during its first half-hour. The narrative smooths itself out, however, and finds a groove that makes the remaining 145 minutes barely noticeable. More important, the length proves absolutely essential in conveying Sethe's story. Rated: 4/4 Feb 2, 2022 Full Review Eleanor O'Sullivan Asbury Park Press (NJ) Demme is the right choice to direct Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel: He brings to the movie his humanism, his fascination with nature and the inexplicable, and his respect for actors. As Sethe, Winfrey has rare grace and strength. Rated: 3.5/4 Feb 2, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In 1873 Ohio, Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) is a mother of three haunted by her horrific slavery past and her desperate actions for freedom. As a result, Sethe's home is haunted by a furious poltergeist, which drives away her two sons. Sethe and her daughter (Kimberly Elise) endure living with the spirit for 10 more years, until an old friend, Paul D. Garner (Danny Glover), arrives to run it out. After Garner moves in, a strange woman named Beloved (Thandie Newton) enters their lives, causing turmoil.
      Director
      Jonathan Demme
      Executive Producer
      Ronald M. Bozman
      Screenwriter
      Toni Morrison, Akosua Busia, Richard LaGravenese, Adam Brooks
      Distributor
      Buena Vista Pictures
      Production Co
      Touchstone Pictures, Clinica Estetico
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 16, 1998, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 12, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $22.8M
      Sound Mix
      SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS, Surround
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