Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Doesn't sanitize its tale of African American loss and survival -- the way Steven Spielberg's “The Color Purple'' did -- but delves deeply, heartbreakingly into an American tragedy.
  2. 90
    This terrifyingly beautiful movie blends metaphor and stark social commentary to achieve a spontaneous grace.
  3. The performances of all the central and secondary characters match the passionate intensity of the film's behind-the-scenes collaborators.
  4. 88
    The film had a curious effect on me. I was sometimes confused about events as they happened, but all the pieces are there, and the film creates an emotional whole. It's more effective when it's complete than during the unfolding experience.
  5. 88
    Beloved is for those who want substance from a movie, and don't mind facing uncomfortable truths in the process.
  6. Jonathan Demme's potent adaptation of Morrison's novel may be substantial, but it is also engrossing, a movie that plays at times like a combination of “Gone With The Wind” and “The Exorcist.”
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. kinnithj
    Sep 15, 2009
    This is one of the most gripping and interesting films I've ever seen. its just so deep with its many metaphors and it really makes the viewer think. I watched the film then immediately bought the book and read it two times back-to-back. It is just that interesting! Full Review »
  2. May 6, 2011
    A harrowing drama-ghost story which serves as a metaphor for the ugliness of past sins still haunting the present. Truly disturbing film-making, full of grief and anguish that everyone tries to hide under the surface, but it all comes out in the end. Thandie Newton gave one of the best performances ever filmed, and the rest of the cast is nearly as riveting. This is a difficult film in a sense, but also very poetic and ultimately joyous. I highly recommend it. Full Review »