Belle

critic Reviews

, 95% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A remarkable story brought to life with dazzling animation, Belle finds writer-director Mamoru Hosoda setting a brilliant new benchmark.
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    Simran HansObserver (UK)
    The film’s message is a beautiful one: to integrate our real-life vulnerabilities with the persona we project is to become all the more powerful.
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    Kambole CampbellEmpire Magazine
    Though it misses a couple of notes in its final act, it’s an exhilarating sensory experience, with great emotional depths.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    There's some amazing big-screen spectacle in this weird postmodern emo photo-love drama...
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    Paul ByrnesSydney Morning Herald
    Wherever, it's a spectacular visual feast, based on the simplest of ideas: that a young girl's sadness at the death of her mother is a powerful thing.
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    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    There's too much plot for the film to manage, but its heart, and sumptuous art, are so firmly in the right place that its appeal comes through sweet and clear.
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    Alison WillmoreNew York Magazine/Vulture
    Belle is Hosoda's eighth feature and the one that feels like the most coherent blend of the various universes he's straddled as an animator.
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    Zosha MillmanThirty, Flirty + Film
    A little bit Apple shareholder meeting&#59; a little Social Network&#59; a dash of Disney Princess, and a massive helping of technofuturist anime possibility.
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    Luis MartínezEl Mundo (Spain)
    Belle is a reflection of the dangers of the internet, written with the essence of an ethereal story. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Kevin HarleyRadio Times
    With a multifaceted soundtrack boosting its emotional punch, Belle makes an old tale soar anew.
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    Matt RodgersFlickering Myth
    Belle takes familiar tales as old as time and upgrades them with swipe-down social commentary in a modern tale of love, loss and identifiable insecurities. Its as touching and transcendent as filmmaking gets.
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