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Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

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  • Summary: Jean Cocteau's 1946 classic, newly restored to its original glorious black and white splendor. (Film Forum)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 100
    One of the great marvels of the medium, a film that you cannot miss if you hope to be literate in cinema -- or, indeed, if you seek acquaintance with the great works of modern times.
  2. So enchanting it takes your breath away.
  3. 100
    Cocteau, a poet and surrealist, was not making a "children's film" but was adapting a classic French tale that he felt had a special message after the suffering of World War II: Anyone who has an unhappy childhood may grow up to be a Beast.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    100
    A masterpiece. It is a credit to Cocteau's genius (and to that of his collaborators) that he has taken the unreal world of a fairy tale and made it as real as the world around us.
  5. The timeless fairy tale about a young woman who agrees to dwell with a mysterious monster, as interpreted in 1946 by one of cinema's most brilliant visual stylists and mythmakers.
  6. Beautifully remastered and containing Cocteau's long-unseen special prologue and credits -- is as much a feat of feverish delight as it was in the dark days of Vichy and WWII.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Miller
    40
    Viewers must get in touch with their inner child to fall for Belle's eventual love for Beast. The film seems somewhat aware of this, casting an ambiguous hue on its happily-ever-after conclusion.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. JeffK
    Jun 20, 2006
    10
    Magical film.
  2. Jul 4, 2013
    10
    A film that doesn't rely on any gimmicks, yet it has wonderful storytelling and memorable songs. A tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, "Beauty and the Beast". Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2014
    7
    Beauty and the Beast is one of the great marvels of animation. A beautiful story, filled with classic Disney music and magic. As good as it is, it is not perfect. Expand

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