I haven't seen Disney's "Maleficent" yet so I have no opinion. To go by critics — 50% at Rotten Tomatoes in both the larger compendium and in the "cream of the crop" as well, plus a 56 Metacritic score — it's a divisive affair. In some corners there are even those preferring it to be graded on a curve because it features a female in the lead, while others have bored down to how the story it tells about that female gets at the heart of what's problematic about it being a children's film. Again, I have no take on it, but it's interesting to see the opinions fly from the sidelines.

HitFix's Drew McWeeny called the film "Disney's 'I Spit On Your Grave,'" and went so far as to say he'd be keeping his own kids away from the film, which he said is "swollen with psycho-sexual subtext." He gave it marks for being "much more of-the-moment and incisive" than a sanitized rehash of the same story we've heard since the brothers Grimm put pen to paper. So…we leave it to you to decide. If you make it out to the theater this weekend, do come back and give us your take. And feel free to vote in the poll below as well.

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Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.