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Bewitched (2005)

tomatometer

25

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 185
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 139

Bewitched is haunted by scattered laughs and a lack of direction.

17

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 39

Bewitched is haunted by scattered laughs and a lack of direction.

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28

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 214,363

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Movie Info

Nora Ephron directed and co-wrote this updated adaptation of a classic situation comedy that also casts a satirical eye on the entertainment industry. Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) is a movie star whose career has been going into a slow and steady decline. Desperate for a project that will give his reputation a jump start, Jack agrees to star in a film version of the once-popular television series Bewitched as hapless hubby Darrin Stephens, under the condition that an unknown actress be cast as the

PG-13,

Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Delia Ephron, Nora Ephron

Oct 25, 2005

$62.3M

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By the tepid ending, the movie appears to have been sedated.

November 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsweek
Newsweek
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Despite the intriguing set-up, formula proves as hard a habit for Ephron to kick as magic is for Isabel.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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What the hell is Will Ferrell doing to his career?

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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The rabbit that's pulled out of the hat is lifeless.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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What this revival needs is a good kick in the pants. And that Ephron and friends lack the low cunning to deliver.

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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The Ephron sisters, sophisticates entrusted with a simple TV situation comedy, lose the magic of the com as they mess with the sit.

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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A minor comeback for Nora Ephron...Ferrell and Kidman make the most of the formulaic plot...

December 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The set-up for the story requires the audience be aware they are actually watching a remake of Bewitched at all times. It gets points for being an interesting and different idea for a television remake, but the metatextuality can be off-putting.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

A stupid pompous waste of money and talent...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

With "Bewitched," Nicole Kidman's career slips down yet another rung after her recent cinematic mishaps with "The Stepford Wives" and "Birth."

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

There may be special effects aplenty here, but precious little magic.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

The Ephrons have an easy way with the romantic-comedy genre.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Has some hilarious moments, mostly thanks to Will Ferrell's zany slapstick, mugging, and other antics.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

As good as some of the gags are, however, they might have fallen flat if performed by lesser talents.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Had it stuck to the ground rules it laid out early on, it would've made sense.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Es una lástima que las hermanas Ephron no hayan podido aterrizar una idea que sonaba interesante en un principio pero que, finalmente, es víctima de sus propios malos hechizos

November 25, 2005

I'll have some of what Nora Ephron's having, as long as I don't have to watch her movies.

November 19, 2005 Full Review

Blame Will Farrell and the director who let him run amok for the failure of this film.

November 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

If it lost every bad idea, miscast actor, wasted performance, and botched scene, nothing would be left but the end credits.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Sexy witch perfected the twitch.

August 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

One of those films where if you've seen the trailer then you've seen all the jokes.

August 20, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

A disappointing treatment of fabulous source material.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Bewitched

Bewitched, have a charme made by yours actors, and for be remember a classic series, in this case, the homonymy popular show with Elizabeth Montgomery. But the film, have a terrible screenplay, just like the direction of Nora Ephron, beyond this Bewitched don't have any kind of entertaining or funny. Rotten.
June 26, 2011
Lucas Martins

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Awful. I'm being extremely generous by giving half a star.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

It's not a terrible movie. It could have been much better though.
June 17, 2011
CreedsDelight

Super Reviewer

Good movie and funny too!

Will Ferrell is Jack Wyatt an actor with minimal talent whose career has been declining steadily. Desperately seeking something that will boost his sagging career and his self esteem, Jack agrees to star in a re-make of the TV show Bewitched on the condition that he gets a complete unknown for the female lead to play opposite him. This will ensure that the audience will only be left with Jack to see with lots of screen time. Jack and the producers audition a long roster of wannabes, and in a period of frustration, he sees Isabel (Nicole Kidman) at a caf and begs her to become an actress and work in his TV show. He is confused when she initially rebuffs his advances, mistaking his attention as declaration of love. Since she is a witch and has been brought up in a world of spells and goblins, without TV, she is unaware of Elizabeth Montgomerys role of Samantha Stevens and the legacy of the TV show Bewitched. Isabel is trying to be a regular mortal person, and ultimately trying to catch a normal husband form the mortal side of reality. During the course of events she finds she must use her magical powers to help things along. But in the end she discovers that she must decide finally between a life spent on earth with mortal man or return home, where she will be a witch forever more.
January 29, 2011
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Manu Gino

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    1. Isabel Bigelow/Samantha: [jumping up and down in excitement with Maria] I don't know why we're doing this, but it's fun!
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Isabel Bigelow/Samantha: (to Jack) You're sweating again. I love it when you sweat!
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Isabel Bigelow/Samantha: Guess what? I'm a witch!
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
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