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Belle Review

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3.0

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  • 4.0
    64

    out of 100

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    There's a great story here, but Asante — who has made one previous feature, the 2004 drama A Way of Life — can't quite harness its power.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Though the inventions of Misan Sagay's script emphasize concerns over dowries and social rank that will be grating for many contemporary viewers, extracting little of the humor that Austen regularly found in such hang-ups, the picture's sour notes are balanced by fine performances and clear historical appeal.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bruce Ingram

    When Asante finally closes with a close-up of Belle’s portrait, there’s something in her eyes and her smile that suggests so much more.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    That the film still works as well as it does is due to not only its polished craftsmanship and disarming comedy-of-manners approach, but also its fascinating insights into the conflicted mindset of British society

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The layered film's blend of Austen-style romance, courtroom drama and historical look at the British slave trade works surprisingly well, though there are moments — especially involving the conniving suitors — that teeter on melodrama.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    Like "Downton Abbey" but with corsets, culottes, and tricorn hats, Belle subtly skewers the absurd rules and hypocrisies of class. But the real takeaway is Mbatha-Raw. She makes a case for why she ought to be a star.

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