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  1. Adam Whybray's rating of the film Belle

    3.7 stars. I enjoyed this considerably more than I expected. Deftly told and exquisitely well-judged. Sometimes I felt like it existed to educate people like my white grandparents about race politics [which it did!] but that belies the importance of having a heroine like Belle on screen, especially for young women of colour. Bleak that a costume drama with a PoC protag should be quietly revolutionary, but it is.

  2. nadnab's rating of the film Belle

  3. Sara Gaspar's rating of the film Belle

    3+. Despite the film's too light tone (period flick), Mbatha-Raw plays elegantly the struggle of class prejudice, sexism, and racism by a illegitimate young black woman in the beginning of the end of slavery in Britain.

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  5. Ozu_Teapot's rating of the film Belle

  6. boughtabride's rating of the film Belle

    there's a lot in the movie to unpack, a lot of layers. i have a couple of problems with some facets of the story, the dialogue, and the acting but there's a lot of current value in this tale of the past. also how this part of history that is untold, was untold is being brought to light. what else don't we know? something grand for a wide feature from a black british female filmmaker.

  7. Daniela's rating of the film Belle

    wow, what a good movie!! a great story to tell.

  8. MarcW's rating of the film Belle

    What is bi-racial? There is one human race... Good periodic drama with a good lead actress. That's it. Nice dresses. Sad soul. In the times of the movie, as it is today, being rich still is easier and has less determinantes, than being poor. More things make you stay poor than stop being rich. A study on racism and sexism completely inside of a manson? Difficult ... What i'd like is a good film about Olaudah Equiano.

  9. Carolina's rating of the film Belle

  10. Elayla's rating of the film Belle

    The film was okay-ish, good at times, but something felt lacking.

  11. janh24's rating of the film Belle

    An intense and serious costume drama.

  12.'s rating of the film Belle

    A beautifully crafted film about the mixed race daughter of an African slave bought to London by her father a Royal Naval Admiral in the 1770s. She then had to deal with a privileged upbringing at Kenwood House and unwanted admirers who toyed with her attractive appearance. This Jane Austen story shows how polite society dealt with race and gender with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Wilkinson.

  13. magali de lepeleere's rating of the film Belle

    Such a beautiful historical drama, great acting and an important story. Sappy ending though

  14. El Biffo's rating of the film Belle

    Historically significant story, fabulous costumes and a love interest too. Recommended if you like this sort of thing, though I take a few points off for the shmaltzy mood "music", a Hollywood convention unfortunately adopted by some European film makers as well, hence 3.7 stars.

  15. dialupmodem's rating of the film Belle

    so poignant and so necessary!

  16. Sophie Charlotte Rieger's rating of the film Belle

  17. humanaie's rating of the film Belle

    Thoughtfully crafted, eloquently written, and beautifully shot, but the final dialogue / plot resolution was slightly too maudlin and classic for my tastes.

  18. Deiner's rating of the film Belle

    Even though the film is far from being a masterpiece, technically it's a nicely made film with a very good performance by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. However, the awful awful Sam Reid brings down the film's quality.

  19. Roslyn's rating of the film Belle

    Oh dear! This film was just not good enough which is a great shame because historically it's a great story and indeed an important story. I just don't think that it was given the gravitas it deserves.

  20. Nikyatu's rating of the film Belle

    Refreshing to see a period piece told from the perspective of a biracial female protagonist. Thankful that things are changing in this very white, very patriarchal industry. For a black woman director to (earn) such a large scale period piece is progress for us all.

  21. FCC 86's rating of the film Belle

    "The world is a devastating place. You must learn to protect your emotions, if you wish to prevent matters both of law and love, from devastating you"

  22. Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Belle

    The only mishap has to do with Mr. Davinier who looked and sounded too dramatic in his interventions. (3.5 stars)

  23. Annie Gentil-Kraatz's rating of the film Belle

    I loved this film - The costumes were beautiful as well as the actresses and it was interesting to discover the story of this young lady who was not fully accepted in this narrow minded aristocratic setting. With a romantic plot it is even better although I suspect the film embellishes the actual story it is based on. Never mind, still very enjoyable. Don't miss it!

  24. msmichel's rating of the film Belle

    A richly directed film from Amma Asante that offers fair portrayal of Britain's shameful slave trade and double standard social conventions which though is often emotionally manipulative never pulls it punches from social realism. Richly acted all around with kudos to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sarah Gadon and Tom Wilkinson. A wonderfully written film that may well be heir apparent to the Merchant-Ivory canon.

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