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
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
Seattle Times
Moira MacDonald
Fresh

It's an old-fashioned movie with a very modern streak, centered by a vibrant star turn by Mbatha-R...

December 14, 2018
Denver Post
Lisa Kennedy
Fresh

Luminous British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw brings a hope and intelligent hunger to Dido. She's loved...

December 14, 2018
Detroit News
Tom Long
Fresh

The film simply looks lovely, never moreso than when Mbatha-Raw is on screen.

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
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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