Beauty And The Beast Review Roundup

Here's what the critics are saying.

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Disney's newest live-action remake, Beauty and the Beast, is almost here. The movie comes to theaters on March 17, and ahead of that, reviews for the magical movie started to appear online today.

To help you can get an idea for if the movie is worth your time and money, we've collected a number of excerpts from reviews, which you can see below. For more on the movie's critical reception, head to GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

Starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast, the film is expected to be a box-office smash, with estimates saying it could have one of the best US openings for a March movie in history.

The story is much the same as the 1991 animated original, while the soundtrack features a mix of classic tunes and new ones (and classic songs with new lyrics).

Beauty and the Beast is just the latest live-action version of a Disney animated classic, following Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. More are on the way, including Lion King, Dumbo, Mulan, and Aladdin, among others.

  • Film: Beauty and the Beast
  • Release Date: March 17
  • Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline
  • Directed By: Bill Condon
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 129 minutes

GameSpot

"Beauty and the Beast is here to ride upon your nostalgia, to sweep you up in its visuals and get you singing along to all the songs that you loved from long ago. It's all new but still exactly as you remember it. Beauty and the Beast is wonderful, but above all, it is--by all definitions of the word--safe." -- Randolph Ramsay [Full review]

Entertainment Weekly

"More than movies or theme parks, Disney has always been in the business of selling magic. I wish there was just a little bit more of it in this Beauty and the Beast." -- Chris Nashawaty [Full review]

Variety

Disney's live-action remake of its 1991 animated classic, starring Emma Watson as a pitch-perfect Belle, is a sometimes entrancing, sometimes awkward mixture of re-creation and reimagining." Owen Gleiberman [Full review]

USA Today

"Unlike last year's The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast marries visual spectacle and sumptuous design work with a better story than its original, casting a spell on old fans and newcomers alike." -- Brian Truitt [Full review]

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Polygon

"Despite some of its flaws, Beauty and the Beast is enchanting, wonderful, and captures the heart of what made the original so beloved in the first place. Condon stays true to the themes and styles that made the original so beloved in the first place, but there's also something unique about this adaptation that makes it feel entirely new.

It's the combination of nostalgia and modernity that will appeal to both fans of the original film and those who have never seen it, ushering in an entire new generation of Beauty and the Beast fans. I was concerned about this movie going in, considering how classic the original is, but I walked away from the movie feeling content and humming 'A Tale as Old as Time.'" -- Julia Alexander [Full review]

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"I adore the 1991 Beauty and the Beast, and I had high expectations for the live-action remake. That being said, this isn't a matter of not living up to a classic original as much as there's a lack of consideration for making sure that everything works. There's no reason Beast's CGI makeup should look so awful when you've got Disney footing the bill.

There's no reason the new songs shouldn’t be outstanding when you've got Alan Menken back to do the music. There's no reason to add new things if those things don't make the movie better overall. Condon didn't have to stay slavishly devoted to the 1991 film, but most of alterations and changes don't make his version feel fresh. They feel like they're grasping for relevancy." -- Matt Goldberg [Full review]

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