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The Witches Reviews

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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
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
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 26, 2012
A minor but very enjoyable Nicolas Roeg fairy tale.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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Colette Maude
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Strange and scary enough to fascinate parents and offspring alike.
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Caryn James
New York Times
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The best thing about Nicolas Roeg's film of Dahl's book The Witches is its dark vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In this extended good time of a fairy tale, there's something for everyone.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A wickedly funny final bow for Muppeteer Jim Henson.
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Angeline Goreau
Entertainment Weekly
February 16, 1990
Don't miss Anjelica Huston's deliciously vile transformation from beauty to beast. And don't miss this film.
Full Review | Original Score: A