Matilda (1996)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Danny DeVito-directed version of Matilda is odd, charming, and while the movie diverges from Roald Dahl, it nonetheless captures the book's spirit.


Movie Info

Based on the book Matilda, by British children's author Roald Dahl, this film moves the setting from the U.K. to the U.S.; otherwise it follows the original closely. Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent little girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Roald Dahl, Nicholas Kazan, Robin Swicord
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 1997
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast


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as Mrs. Wormwood

as Matilda Wormwood

as Trunchbull

as Miss Honey/Mother

as FBI Agent

as Michael Wormwood

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as Stand-In

as Lavender

as Julius Rottwinkle

as Amanda Thripp

as Bruce Bogtrotter

as Charles

as Michael, 6 years

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as Older Boy

as Child at Assembly

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as Newborn Matilda

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as Matilda, Toddler

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as Miss Honey, 2 years

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Critic Reviews for Matilda

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (12)

With her sweet-sad face, Mara Wilson is a perfect Matilda.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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Full Review… | August 2, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | December 1, 2008
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Matilda

Heart-warming movie about a girl with magical powers, a family who doesn't want her and a horrible teacher.

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

½

A charming and fun children's movie with some nice lead performances. It's nothing that hasn't been done before, but it does everything well enough to get a solid recommendation from me. It's just an entertaining and light-hearted film that will definitely resonate with its target crowd of younger children, but it made me feel like a kid at the same time. The film is smart and doesn't have juvenile humor or a half-baked story. It's actually a very well told story with a good message and is well directed by Danny DeVito. There's plenty of memorable characters played wonderfully by some lesser known actors/actresses. Imaginative and unique, Matilda is a movie that children of all ages will likely enjoy on some level, but also happens to be a worthwhile time for the whole family.

jlewis07
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

So touching, suspenseful, extreme, and campy! Mara Wilson had such a deep, sage-like voice. I hear she didn't grow up so cute though.

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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