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Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

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17

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks was produced several years after Walt Disney's death and released in the fall of 1971. As it turned out, Bedknobs was frequently compared to Mary Poppins -- probably thanks to several striking similarities between the two productions, notably the presence in the cast of David Tomlinson, the use of Cockney children as central characters, and the inclusion of sequences that combine animation and live-action. Set in wartime England, Bedknobs stars Angela Lansbury as

Mar 20, 2001

Buena Vista Pictures

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (10) | DVD (17)

It's more sophisticated than the usual run of Disney product, but it lacks the inventiveness that could endow it with genuine charm.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The fantasy is earthbound, the score by Richard and Robert Sherman (who also wrote music and lyrics for Mary Poppins) is forgettable, the special effects lackadaisical.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
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It is when the film [based on the book by Mary Norton] dives deeply into the realms of fantasy that it is most enjoyable.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Must all films for kids be so shoddy, though? The music is appalling.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I suspect the movie will be something of a long, uninterrupted sit for the very children for whom it's intended, and an even longer one for those parents and guardians (both adults and teen-age) who will probably accompany them.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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The Disney organization is worst when it makes "family entertainment" and best when it sticks to pure, simple, charming fantasy.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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Disney's multi-Oscar nominated musical is not as good as Mary Poppins to which it's often compared, but Angela Lansbury is well-cast and most of the visual effects, which won the Oscar, are impressive.

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A fun, fairly intelligent, unexpectedly witty example of cinema for children at a time when that genre was at one of its lowest-ever ebbs

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Delightful Disney charmer may be too long for youngest.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's a little uneven but at its best Bedknobs And Broomsticks rivals the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Like Lansbury, the film has aged well and retains almost all of its magic.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Animation is neatly mixed with live action, and Lansbury, engaging as ever, heads a capable cast.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Has many moments rooted in movie magic, but there's also a whole lot of filler that brings the movie to a length that's more than bearable.

September 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Angela Lansbury shows off her singing, dancing and comic skills -- which I think even overshadow the film's Oscar-winning special effects.

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

It's Disney, and it has magic in it, but for me it's a stretch to call the film 'magical.'

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

If Jessica Fletcher was a witch all along, you think she could've kept Cabot Cove a little safer

October 28, 2005
Film Threat

Good training for the little witches and warlocks in your family!

January 17, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

A fun adventure that always seems to get mixed up in my memory with Mary Poppins, and while they share similarities, this one stands out on its own as a great childrens film.

August 21, 2003
Kansas City Star

Oscar-winning special effects and animation sequences by Ward Kimball make this musical fantasy a perennial favorite.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

grand, under rated Disney special effects filled musical.

January 31, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

Audience Reviews for Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Enjoyable, but not perfect Disney Live action feature, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a bit of a letdown considering that Mary Poppins was such a wonderful film. I'm not saying that this film is bad, but compared to others in the Disney canon, it'd just good, not excellent. However, this is nonetheless a good enough family film to watch with your family and is a film that people of all ages will surely enjoy. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a fun film, one that could have been just as great as Mary Poppins, but sometimes it leaves a lot to be desired. I felt that at times the film tried too hard, and they tried to outdo previous films. Unfortunately it lacks that little something to really make this film special. Sure it has all the usual trademarks, but I just felt it was a step down from other Disney films. For what it is, it's still a very entertaining film for what it is, and is worth watching. Despite its flaws, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a fun, entertaining family film that Disney fans should enjoy. However, Mary Poppins was the better film, and it seemed that they tried to outdo that film with this one, but in doing so, you felt that the script at times was uneven and didn't deliver its full potential. The film could have been much better as a whole, but overall, it's still a fun little entertaining film that is a must see for the entire family. A good film for what it is, Bed knobs and Broomsticks is still a Disney classic, but in some areas, it does lack, and it's a bit disappointing. Luckily the cast saves this film and it's what makes this film worth seeing.
June 13, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A fun adventure, with what was probably quite an impressive mix in 1971 of animation and Actors combined. Very drawn out and very dated now, although the Portobello Market scene was really enjoyable.
January 20, 2012
76Majikat

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Bad
August 12, 2011
spielberg00

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A childhoold favourite and a classic.
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

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