The set pieces are narcotically pleasing, especially the Busby Berkeley-style dancing-kitchenware spectacular, "Be Our Guest," and the romantic ballroom centerpiece that brings Beauty and her Beast together.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Splendidly crafted as it is, the new Disney is a luscious impasto of visual invention that never quite finds its heart.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
It is a surprise, in a time of sequels and retreads, that the new film is so fresh and altogether triumphant in its own right.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
A delightfully satisfying modern fable, a near-masterpiece that draws on the sublime traditions of the past while remaining completely in sync with the sensibility of its time.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
The scenes, characters and songs attempt to duplicate the success of Mermaid all too obviously.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
There's still room in this world for innocent love stories -- and tales as old as time.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
Brims with charm, style, and flawless execution that doesn't feel the least bit dated by subsequent technological advancements.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
It's got storytelling vigor and clarity, bright, eclectic animation, and a frisky musical wit.
Michael Sragow - New Yorker
Slipped around all my roadblocks and penetrated directly into my strongest childhood memories, in which animation looked more real than live-action features.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Beauty and the Beast is certainly adequate holiday entertainment for children and their more indulgent parents... But the film has little of the technical facility, vivid characterization and emotional impact of Disney past.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Tribune
Beauty and the Beast is one of the year`s most entertaining films for both adults and children.
Gene Siskel - Chicago Tribune
Despite some excessive narrative streamlining, this 1991 release was the best Disney animated feature in years, full of charm and humor.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
A lovely film that ranks with the best of Disney's animated classics.
Variety Staff - Variety
A uniquely elegant and entertaining mix of hand-drawn classicism and high-tech innovation.
Joe Leydon - Variety
This is the only animated film ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, and you'll see why.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's not an especially scary movie, but right from the start, you can tell that this Beauty and the Beast has a beauty of a bite.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Some youthful memories are better not revisited, but this definitely isn't one of them. Sometimes you can go home again.
Richard Ouzounian - Toronto Star
The 3-D pops out to enhance the drama or energy of scenes in which settings are large and integral to the action.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
Not only the finest animated movie ever made, but deserves a prominent position on any list of all-time greats.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Its animators' pens are wands; their movement enchants.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
It's a pleasure to see "Beauty and the Beast" again in a theater with an audience that laughs and cries, but most of those pleasures would be just as evident in a conventional presentation.
Charles Solomon - Los Angeles Times
At once enchanting and emboldening...
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Just like The Little Mermaid a couple of years ago, it blends child-pleasing characters and plot twists with jokes and musical styles that clearly have older spectators in mind.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
It's cartoon Cocteau, but just look at the children's faces as they watch it.
David Parkinson - Radio Times
It's exceptionally difficult to make an audience care for animated characters unless they're mermaids or anthropomorphized animals or insects, yet the Disney animators, with a big assist from the vocal talents of a superb cast, have pulled it off.
John Hartl - Seattle Times
It is a wondrous love story unsparing in its sentiment.
Candice Russell - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Once again, love will redeem the beast, and Beauty's dancing clocks and singing teacups will blend marvelously with the tintinnabulation of bells this holiday season.
- People Magazine
It is the most dynamic animated film ever made, and the prance of its camera, the sense of penetration into its action, the brilliantly paced editing pyrotechnics give it a crackle of life far more abundant than any feature that's come before.
Stephen Hunter - Baltimore Sun
Remains as wondrous and beautiful as ever.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
The 3D revival sees this witty, dramatically inventive version of a familiar story wearing well.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Pure fairytale escapism that doesn't boast any digital trickery, celebrity voiceovers or unnecessary action.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Disney's most perfectly achieved combination of animation, story-telling and song must surely be this loving tribute to the old fairytale.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
There's no doubting the craftsmanlike elegance of the film, summoning up with relish the spirit of classic fairytale Disney of the 50s and 60s...
Unsubtle perhaps, but never fails to hit the right notes.
Matthew Thrift - Little White Lies
Cath Clarke - Time Out
Reaches a level of artistry, sophistication and musical excellence that's still to be bettered by the Mouse House - or indeed its rivals.
Neil Smith - Total Film
The greatest animated film ever made and one of the screen's great musicals hardly needs this (3D) sort of sprucing up.
I admit it: I wrote this more than 20 years ago. But, like " Beauty and the Beast" itself, I think it stands the test of time.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Disney, please understand ... what people are actually showing up for ... they just want to see classic Disney on the big screen. The 3D is incidental.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Disney's gorgeous 1991 animated version of the classic fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast" gets the same 3D treatment that was recently given to "The Lion King."
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Watching this in a theater definitely makes it feel less like a "cartoon" and more like a significant film. Cogsworth poking Le Fou in the butt with a sword aside.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
One of the brightest jewels in Disney's crown, Beauty and the Beast's 3D reissue takes nothing away and makes the film's brilliance even easier to appreciate; the movie is more beautiful and timeless than it ever was.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Beauty and the Beast is just as enchanting 20 years after its initial release.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
The apex of an art form, a justly celebrated classic, and the best animated movie of any sort ever put on screen at any time.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
The lines have begun to show in Belle's tale, which remains enjoyable but feels more like a quaint artifact than the masterpiece it once was declared to be.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Both TANGLED EVER AFTER and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are sure to enthrall audiences everywhere, even if the 3D doesn't really add much of anything to this animated classic.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A serviceable version of a classic fairy tale minus that crucial touch of magic.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
What you gain in an extra, faked dimension you lose in lively, genuine beauty.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It's less a whole new experience than a slightly different one and the main reason for seeing it isn't the newly immersive effects but the profound awesomeness of the original movie. It still gets you.
Drew Taylor - The Playlist
3D doesn't downplay the inherent artistry of the effort, but it doesn't enhance anything outside of ticket prices.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Beauty and the Beast looks beautiful and is sure to entertain, but this experience is superfluous at best-it was already a three-dimensional story long before these new technics.
Todd Gilchrist - Boxoffice Magazine
And it is a joy to revisit the timeless pleasures of traditional Disney storytelling, with no attempts to add sizzle from celebrity voice talent or radio-friendly pop songs.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Better remembered than seen, Beauty and the Beast has been treated unkindly not just by the years that have passed since it was released to enormous acclaim in 1991, but by a faddish 3D conversion.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
The 3D is unnecessary - but it doesn't spoil the fun of Beauty and the Beast.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The ultimate makeover story has strong, positive messages.
Common Sense Media Editors - Common Sense Media
...an above average (yet far-from-flawless) animated endeavor.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
With its strong characters and lively storytelling, animated or not, this deserves its place alongside the cinema greats.
Emma Cochrane - Empire Magazine
As far as "Classic Disney," Beauty and the Beast pretty much has it all. Y'know, for kids. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
At the intersection of great animated films, great filmed stage musicals, and great fairy-tale romances, Disney's Beauty and the Beast stands alone ... the quintessential Disney masterpiece.
Steven D. Greydanus - Christianity Today
A classic story of redemption, love, purity and friendship - a film worthy of our love and attention.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
This beloved 1991 film has never looked better, and seems even more magical in Blu-ray.
James Plath - Reel.com
This isn't merely the best of the princess features; it's very close to being the best Disney movie of them all.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The animation for the set pieces is excellent, Lansbury's fussy teapot takes top honours in the vocal performances and the musical numbers by Ashman and Menken aren't too schmaltzy.
A dramatic, comic, exciting, suspenseful, joyous, and robustly magical adventure that has the bracing feel of a 3-D movie at times and approaches sensory overload.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Some of the film's ideas, which are both campy and subtle, may not be kids' stuff, but like all good movies, Disney's enchanting fairy tale operates on many different levels and thus can be enjoyed by viewers of all ages.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The best of all the Disney cartoons
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Belle is so decidedly positive in every regard, so simplistically shaped to meet the desires of all audience members (both dreamy little girls and feminist objectors), that she ultimately fails as a character
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Has a power to enchant that all the flying monsters and magic broom rides in the world can't touch.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
The entrancing, enthralling Beauty and the Beast remains a true cinematic treat.
Sarah Ward - Trespass
She falls for a hot-tempered manimal, but is it any coincidence that he showers her with gifts the whole time?
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
The artistry of the animators, who combined traditional painting with computer-generated images, stands up to the best that the Disney empire ever produced.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
A must own for any DVD collector.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
...filled with charm, wit, romance, humor, and plenty of songs and music.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Not quite the masterpiece we once thought.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
The tale's as old as time, but Beauty and the Beast has gotten somewhat banal.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
It's academic Pop Art, overblown but zestless, a cartoon cathedral with all the spiritual feeling of a Little Golden Book.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
Revoke my Cynic Badge if you must, but I say this one comes real close to the Disney Classics of yore. (I said "close!")
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Una obra maestra que los hara reir, llorar, emocionarse y pensar que la vida, aunque solo sea por unos momentos, es maravillosa.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
The classic story of a bewitched prince who can only be saved by true love works as a wonderful genre romance, and the characters are uniformly imaginative and charming.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The finest Disney feature-length animated musical ever made
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Many scenes can stand by themselves as paintings
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
On a normal-sized screen, and even on video on a television, Beauty and the Beast isn't merely one of the best animated movies ever made, it's one of the best movies ever made, period.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
[A] great film...
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Ten years later, it's still flawed and still quite fascinating.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
There's enough wit and ingenuity in Roger Allers's story and Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's songs to give the CGI whizzkids a run for their money.
A nostalgic feast, drawing shamelessly on the best traditions of screen animation and American musical theater and film. Thoroughly derivative but thoroughly charming.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
This beaut's worth it just to revisit a time when Disney knew how to make good animated films without its Pixar crutch.
- E! Online
Beauty and the Beast will entertain generations to come and enter the archives of Disney's classic stories.
- Boxoffice Magazine
Does the IMAX version work? For the most part, it does.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
A sporadically brilliant escape that at times stops to preen and pose, like that he-man lout Gaston.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
In the Imax format, the introduction of the Beast's castle has a breathtaking 3-D effect. And throughout the film, you see textures and details you never noticed.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Remains a near-perfect film, the second best Disney film after 1941's Dumbo.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
For once, the Disney hyperbole was right--the film is, indeed, a timeless cinema classic.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Entirely captivating from beginning to end -- INTERVIEW w/Director Kirk Wise.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Simply one of the best films ever made, animated or otherwise.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It may be a cliche to call a fairy tale enchanting, but no other adjective suffices as the film still has the wit, slapstick, and romance to enrapture children and adults alike.
An absolute, unqualified delight, without a weak stretch or an unwanted second.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The new version is amazingly sharp with backgrounds that look like Impressionist paintings.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
A thing of beauty for our kids, something they deserve.
Kathleen Maher - Austin Chronicle
There is plenty of suspense, comedy and wonderful music to keep everyone entertained.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
If you don't have kids, go anyway.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews