Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. So enchanting it takes your breath away.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 29, 2014
    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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 4, 2013
    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". Full Review »
  3. Mar 1, 2011