Down 51 this week

Maleficent (2014)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Family  |  30 May 2014 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 231,656 users   Metascore: 56/100
Reviews: 613 user | 396 critic | 44 from Metacritic.com

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.



(screenplay), (based on "La Belle au bois dormant" written by), 7 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $14.99 on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cinderella I (2015)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming step-sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden
Frozen I (2013)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
Tangled (2010)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.

Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Stars: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy
Big Hero 6 (2014)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly
Enchanted (2007)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A princess, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.

Director: Kevin Lima
Stars: Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

Director: Dean DeBlois
Stars: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
Brave (2012)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When Gru, the world's most super-bad turned super-dad has been recruited by a team of officials to stop lethal muscle and a host of Gru's own, He has to fight back with new gadgetry, cars, and more minion madness.

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Stars: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris


Cast overview, first billed only:


A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Don't believe the fairy tale See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:

| |  »




Release Date:

30 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maléfica  »

Box Office


$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$69,431,298 (USA) (30 May 2014)


$241,407,328 (USA) (28 November 2014)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


According to The Los Angeles Times, Guillermo del Toro was said that he was considered to direct. See more »


The two kings in this story set in the Middle Ages, which ended in 1453, are often addressed as Majesty. The first monarch addressed as Majesty was Charles I, King of Spain, who was also Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire as Charles V, and who reigned in the 16th century. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Let us tell an old story anew, and we will see how well you know it. Once upon a time, there were two kingdoms that were the worst of neighbors. So vast was the discord between them that it was said only a great hero or a terrible villain might bring them together. In one kingdom lived folk like you and me, with a vain and greedy king to rule over them. They were forever discontent, and envious of the wealth and beauty of their neighbors, For in the other kingdom, the Moors, lived ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

The usual Disney castle in the opening credits is replaced by the castle used in the movie. See more »


Once Upon a Dream
Written by Sammy Fain and Jack Lawrence
Produced by Daniel Heath (as Dan Heath)
Performed by Lana Del Rey
Arranged by Julian Shah-Tayler and Daisy O'Dell
Remixed by Benjamin Stefanski
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Maleficent? More like Magnificent!
28 May 2014 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews


I saw this movie tonight with a friend and it was spectacular. Going in, I was excited as a life-long Disney fan but also expecting a somewhat cheesy good-vs-evil type of movie based on what I had seen in the trailer. I couldn't have been more wrong! Angelina Jolie delivers an amazing performance and makes a well-known, previously rather one- dimensional Disney villain relate-able and more sympathetic, while also managing to look like a convincing, gorgeous, magical creature.

The CGI is a tad heavy and a little freaky at times (such as the three coloured pixies/Aunts) but was used, in combination with some amazing sets, to create a fantastic world and creatures which were reminiscent of the beautiful and imaginative work in movies such as "Hellboy 2" and "Pan's Labyrinth". The effort by the art team here really helps to draw you into Maleficent's world at the beginning of the movie and makes you wish you were a kid growing up with this movie as fodder for your imagination.

Although Maleficent's character has been humanised in this re-telling, the story really emphasises that she isn't human at all, and explores the ins and outs of her life and how she relates to the humans she encounters.

The plot for this movie really fits into the current trend of exploring the anti-hero (Breaking Bad, Hannibal...) and shows that Disney is trying to break with its past depiction of characters being black and white, good or evil, etc.

I feel like I am gushing over this film, but as a Disney classic lover I have been truly impressed by what is sure to be a new favourite with kids and adults equally. I do expect some controversy over parts of the film but I won't discuss those here.

289 of 452 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What a beautiful, wonderful movie. LoriGrimes2015
Why Didn't the Young Prince's Kiss Wake Her? danmax67
Revisionism tears Disney history apart for cash. dma-maillist
Why didn't Auroa tell Stefan... browntable759
Why do the new generation of fairy tales hate men? BrotherRat
Does anyone see this film as an insult to the original animated classic? doc-ahmad-almaiman
Discuss Maleficent (2014) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page