Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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  • While it's far from cursed, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil too rarely supports its impressive cast and visuals with enough magical storytelling to justify its existence.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    There's no need for this [sequel]... It's almost not campy enough.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    We get a classic buildup establishing heroes and villains; gorgeous, screen-popping visuals featuring beautiful and mysterious worlds; a bounty of colorful and magical creatures, and a lengthy, CGI-laden, climactic battle sequence...
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    The bottom line is that Maleficent 2 takes a brilliant character and doesn't completely bugger things up.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    As is so often the case, Maleficent didn't exactly cry out for another chapter, but if forced to do one with a sharp spindle pointed at your head (or finger), this is about as good as one could have hoped.
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    Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    And [Jolie] is a star here: something amazing to behold, an Old Hollywood glamour shot come to...well, not exactly come to life, but mobile, anyway.
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    Jake CoyleAssociated Press
    Sadly, such fun is not to be had in "Mistress of Evil," a needless sequel to the 2014 "Sleeping Beauty" riff that fails to fully value the entire of appeal of these films: Jolie's Maleficent.
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    Casey ChongCasey's Movie Mania
    The sequel, however, is thankfully an improvement over the poorly-executed first movie, thanks to the more experienced director Joachim Rønning.
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    Alan FrenchWe Bought a Blog
    Maleficient: Mistress of Evil could certainly be worse, but that does not make it a good movie either.
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    Allison RoseFlickDirect
    Pfeiffer, as usual, is magnificently portraying the not so innocent and kind-hearted queen.
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    Damian LevyJamaica Gleaner
    These elements give the movie a nice shine, but when you bust out the polish to make your shoe look pretty, it doesn't make a difference if the sole is missing.
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