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Hansel & Gretel (2002)




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One of The Brothers Grimm's best loved fairy tales gets an overhaul using the latest in visual effects technology in this comedy-drama for the whole family. A little girl (Dakota Fanning) has a hard time getting to sleep, so her father (Daniel Roebuck) dusts off a book of children's stories and reads her one of his favorites. Hansel (Jacob Smith) and Gretel (Taylor Momsen) are two children who are being raised by their loving father (Gerald McRaney) and his shrewish second wife (Delta Burke) after the unfortunate death of their mother. When Father is forced to leave home to find work in the city, Stepmother decides this would be the perfect time to get rid of the children, and she manages to "lose" Hansel and Gretel in an enchanted forest. While the children make a valuable and magical friend in The Sandman (Howie Mandel), they also encounter a mysterious woman with a gingerbread house (Lynn Redgrave), who takes them in; however, it isn't long before they learn she's actually a witch, and has made some unorthodox dinner plans involving her young guests. Hansel & Gretel also features the voice talents of Sinbad, Bobcat Goldthwaite, and Tom Arnold as, respectively, a talking raven, a troll, and the Bogeyman.more
Rating: PG (for thematic elements and some crude humor)
Genre: Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Bogner, Timothy Dolan, Gary J. Tunnicliffe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 4, 2003
Box Office: $0.1M
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Delta Burke
as Stepmother
Howie Mandel
as Sandman
Alana Austin
as Wood Faerie
Daniel Roebuck
as Katie's Father
as Raven
Tom Arnold
as Boogeyman
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Critic Reviews for Hansel & Gretel

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

It would be hard to imagine a more feeble rendering of the 19th century Grimm Brothers tale.

October 31, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

What it lacks is a coherent point of view or consistent tone.

Full Review… | October 24, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

For trashing a classic, [Tunnicliffe] and his writing cohorts deserve a Grimm-style fate -- perhaps a long, slow boil in the witch's vat?

Full Review… | October 24, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

While the picture stays to basic outline of the original story in opening and closing sections, the large middle is stuffed with badly staged slapstick and painful stabs at hip dialogue in an arch attempt to cater to modern kids.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
Top Critic

August 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for Hansel & Gretel

It looks great, but it's a flawed bore. Not enough fantasy sequences are created, reducing its magic. It seems like a school play with people in costumed roles.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

This movie was funny when I was a kid, I haven't watched it again yet, so I'm not going to watch it again.


Real Life Husband & Wife Gerald McRaney & Delta Burke a young Taylor Momsen,Howie Mandel, & Lynne Redgrave are enough to memit me watching this Beloved but Feared Story from my Childhood.I enjoyed seeing it on screen instead of just from a book.Delta Burke was a little TOO Good as the Evil Step Mother.Lynn Redgrave is wonderful casting as the Witch.I'm surprised this didn't do well by the Critics, because this Amateur Critic enjoyed it quite a bit.

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