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Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Family, Fantasy, Musical

An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
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The critical consensus

Those who predicted this wouldn’t hold a talking candle to the animated original will be pleasantly surprised. The tale may be as old as time, but it’s retold with freshness, brio and flair.

****(*)Nick de Semlyen, Empire Online, 03/03/2017

A delightful live-action recreation of a familiar fable. You’ve seen it before, but its spirit and pizzaz are pretty much irresistible.

****(*)Matt Maytum, Total Film, 03/03/2017

It’s an efficient BATB, machine-tooled for sweetness, with flashes of fun, destined to be the centrepiece of a million teen sleepovers.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 03/03/2017

The material is played with a very straight bat, but this is still a total delight.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 03/03/2017

Beauty and the Beast is still an enjoyable watch for all its bells and whistles, but it’s not going to be remembered as a worthy remake in this new stream that Disney is churning out.

***(*)(*)George Simpson, Daily Express, 12/03/2017

Beautifully crafted retelling of the tale as old as time, starring Emma Watson and a scene-stealing Luke Evans.

****(*)Angie Errigo, The List, 13/03/2017

Disney’s latest raid on its classic animation vaults, but unlike last year’s update of The Jungle Book, there’s no technological justification for doing a live action transition.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 16/03/2017

Filming a new version of Beauty And The Beast does feel like Disney is playing it safe but when it provides such good cheer, soaring songs and brings a tear to the eye, you really can’t deny that the oldest of tales still works its magic.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 17/03/2017

Bill Condon’s live-action recasting of the Disney classic is ornate to the point of desperation.

**(*)(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 19/03/2017

Features about Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Beauty and the Beast: feminist or fraud?

Zoe Williams, The Observer, 19/03/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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