The Witches (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Witches (1990)



Critic Consensus: With a deliciously wicked performance from Angelica Huston and imaginative puppetry by Jim Henson's creature shop, Nicolas Roeg's dark and witty movie captures the spirit of Roald Dahl's writing like few other adaptations.

Movie Info

A little boy and his kindly grandmother thwart the efforts of a coven of witches to rid Britain of children by turning them into mice.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Horror, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Roald Dahl, Allan Scott, Allan G. Scott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures


Anjelica Huston
as Miss Eva Ernst/Grand...
Mai Zetterling
as Helga Eveshim
Jasen Fisher
as Luca Eveshim
Rowan Atkinson
as Mr. Stringer
Bill Paterson
as Albert Jenkins
Brenda Blethyn
as Mrs. Jenkins
Jane Horrocks
as Miss Ann Irvine
Charlie Potter
as Bruno Jenkins
Anne Lambton
as The Woman in Black
Sukie Smith
as Marlene
Emma Relph
as Millie
Nora Connolly
as Beatrice
Jim Carter
as Head Chef
Roberta Taylor
as Witch Chef
Brian Hawksley
as Elderly Waiter
Debra Gillett
as Waitress
Darcy Flynn
as Luke's Mother
Vincent Marzello
as Luke's Father
Greta Nordra
as Norwegian Witch
Kirstin Steinsland
as Child Helga
Merete Armand
as Erica's Mother
Ola Otnes
as Erica's Father
Ann Tirard
as Lady #1
Johan Sverre
as Policeman
Arvid Ones
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Witches

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (12)

It's not a film for small children. But for precocious first-graders with a warped sense of humor and an appetite for chills, thrills and spills, nothing could be better.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Real darkness seethes beneath the "Once upon a time" surface, mostly due to Henson's seemingly curious selection of the brilliant and audacious Roeg to direct.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Witches is a slow-to-get-going but ultimately entertaining yarn about a nasty coven conspiring to turn Britain's entire populace of single-digiters into mice.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

There are moments of genuine charm and solid invention, but it`s a film that doesn't believe enough in itself.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A minor but very enjoyable Nicolas Roeg fairy tale.

Full Review… | November 26, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The wizardry of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a superbly over-the-top performance by Angelica Huston gives The Witches a good deal of charm and enjoyment.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Witches

Intelligent, scary and with a good black comedy. But, maybe not very appropriate for children.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


This movie really scared me for some reason when I was a kid, I had nightmares. The weirdest things scare you as a kid, don't they? Anyway, this movie is okay, it's based on the book of the same name.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


30/10/2010 (TELEVISION)This is a classic for me, a childhood film that use to scare the crap out of me! I manage to catch this flick during the Halloween weekend and it was a pretty good re-watch, I hadn't seen it in years so it was quite a treat.It's quite a flick for it's time and it was pretty darn hilarious to see all the scenes that use to scare me look like a joke to me now. I still like this story and it was indeed a memorable one from childhood.I like scarier films now but this is still a classic and I guess it's one for the younger audiences. Funny, darkly and certainly an entertainer!

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

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