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Beauty and the Beast(La Belle et la Bête)

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France, Germany · 2014
Rated PG · 1h 52m
Director Christophe Gans
Starring Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux, André Dussollier, Eduardo Noriega
Genre Fantasy, Romance

A struggling merchant stumbles upon the magical domain of the fearsome Beast, who sentences him to death for stealing a rose. The merchant’s youngest daughter Belle sacrifices herself and takes her father’s place. Once at the Beast’s castle, it is not death that awaits Belle, but a strange and fantastical life unlike anything she has ever experienced.

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Consequence of Sound by Clint Worthington

The chief appeal of Gans’ Beauty and the Beast is its sumptuous, ornate production and costume design, and the flamboyant glee with which Gans’ camera captures it all.


Los Angeles Times by Gary Goldstein

The film is most acceptable when it sticks to its beauty-and-beast dynamic. Even then it’s too dizzying and grandiose and the chemistry between the lead characters is pretty much nil.


Variety by Guy Lodge

There’s digital wizardry galore in this Beauty and the Beast, but precious little magic.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

The choking pictorialism of the sets and CG backgrounds, coupled with the barely-there performances, contribute to an inescapable sense of lifelessness and sterility.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

Whenever the camera settles down to record a simple conversation between two characters, things suddenly feel stilted, as if the filmmakers cannot build the drama without flinging a hundred different things in front of the lens at the same time.


IndieWire by Kate Erbland

Gans isn’t especially concerned with the outcome this coupling, instead reveling in overwrought and often bloated storytelling, lush details and some of the year’s most unnerving CGI.


Austin Chronicle by Steve Davis

Cassel’s feline visage, covered in a velvety layer of fur for most of the movie, doesn’t fare much better. At times, he resembles an angry cast member from Cats rather than the tormented fiend trying to find his human self once again. It’s beastly.

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