NPR's Andrew Lapin wrote there's nothing really that special about "Beauty and the Beast" in live action.
In contrast, Beauty's chief directive is not to conjure wonder, but nostalgia — in service of a generation trying to meme its childhood back from the enchanted castle of the past. There must be more than this provincial life.
Rolling Stone's Peter Travers gave the film three out of four stars.
Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and an army of all-star voices do justice to animated landmark – even if some magic is M.I.A.
Just by watching the trailer, some detractors determined the live-action film is a boring, exact replica of the Disney animated classic.
Now I'm 110% convinced that Beauty and the Beast is gonna be the most pointless remake, and it's gonna be a carbon copy of the original film