Belle

Belle
Belle
  • PG
  • 1h 43m
  • 2014
Certified Fresh84%
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Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, this powerful film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the mixed-race daughter of a British Navy officer raised by her wealthy great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson). Although racism prevents her from enjoying the full advantages of her upbringing, Belle’s love for an idealistic young man sparks change that may impact generations to come.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh84%
Critics Consensus: It boasts all the surface beauty that fans of period pictures have come to expect, but Belle also benefits from its stirring performances and subtle social consciousness.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Fresh

Asante's own work of art is lamentably cautious but does, ultimately, throw up things we haven't s...

June 25, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

Asante handles this mainstream commercial picture with assurance.

June 25, 2017
Little White Lies
Ashley Clark
Fresh

Race, love and social politics are deftly handled in Amma Asante's forcefully-acted feminist perio...

June 25, 2017
Time Out
Dave Calhoun
Fresh

A good-looking and exceedingly polite film where perhaps a more complex one with less good manners...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Important, affecting, engrossing drama for tweens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Belle is a deeply affecting, fascinating drama that brings to light a true story about a mixed-race woman -- the illegitimate daughter of a British admiral in the late 1700s -- who becomes an activist (and a worthy role model!) by educating herself and her uncle on the perils of the slave trade. Though the movie has no curse words and no overtly sexual situations (there's one kiss), the subject matter is complex and perhaps too heavy for very young kids. But older kids, tweens, and teens would do well to see it, as it explores issues of race and gender equality with sensitivity and grace. There's much to learn here from the struggles of 18th-century England, with lessons still applicable today.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:May 2, 2014
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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