The Witches Reviews

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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
Top Critic
November 25, 2013

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 | Original Score: 4/4

Film4
November 25, 2013

Filled with grotesque witches and mouse stunts, this is a wild fantasy for both children and adults. Harry Potter was never like this.

Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
November 25, 2013

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.

Ada Calhoun
Austin Chronicle
November 25, 2013

Based on a Roald Dahl book, Nicholas Roeg's The Witches is a film surprisingly faithful to the creepiness of the original.

Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
November 25, 2013

Roald Dahl's book about a little boy on a seaside holiday who discovers a witches' convention plotting to annihilate children is brilliantly brought to life in this fantasy adventure by director Nicolas Roeg.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 25, 2013

What a lot of fun is The Witches. A few days before Labor Day, it is safe to say that it`s the most enjoyable movie of the summer.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 25, 2013

The scenes of magic and mayhem are peppered with sly surprises, and Anjelica Huston plays the wildest wicked witch since Dorothy got back from Oz.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
November 22, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
November 22, 2013

The Witches has an engrossing story populated with many amusing characters.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
November 22, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
November 26, 2012

Deliciously cruel to children, Roeg remains true to Dahl's underlying sense of real horror.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 26, 2012

A wildly entertaining fairy tale.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
November 26, 2012

A minor but very enjoyable Nicolas Roeg fairy tale.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010

Some kids will love it, some may find disturbing.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
March 26, 2009

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.


Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

Strange and scary enough to fascinate parents and offspring alike.

Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
July 14, 2003

A skewed, dark adaptation of Roald Dahl's story featuring one of Anjelica Huston's most energetic performances.

| Original Score: 4/5
Caryn James
New York Times
Top Critic
May 20, 2003

As in his best films, here Mr. Roeg is a master of capturing the slightly off kilter sense of an apparently normal world. His camera is unobtrusive, and then suddenly it tilts a bit to jolt.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 29, 2002

A truly magical film from Nicolas Roeg that finally gets undermined by muppetry.

| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002

Quite the entertainer. It's a little scary, but not too frightening for children.

| Original Score: 4/5
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