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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

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15

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 108

Alternately bloody and silly, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters fails as both a fantasy adventure and as a parody of same.

5

Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 21

Alternately bloody and silly, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters fails as both a fantasy adventure and as a parody of same.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 94,521

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After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches...their past. -- (C) Paramount

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Action & Adventure, Comedy

D.W. Harper, Tommy Wirkola, Dante Harper

Jun 11, 2013

$55.7M

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All Critics (127) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (108) | DVD (3)

If this long-delayed and blatantly pandering CGI malarkey is anything to go by, Hollywood's current craze for fairy tales isn't going to have a happy ending.

February 5, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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There isn't much to this beyond the poorly staged, rapidly edited violence; the witches, all but devoid of backstory, are basically canvasses for cartoon splatter.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The movie settles for showers of gore with intermittent moments of spoofiness.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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The whole kidding trope, which you can bet was ordered by McKay and Ferrell, is pretty lame, and defeats the leads' attempts to bring shadings to cardboard cartoon characters.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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At least it puts forth a sound message: Kids, avoid overdoing it on sweets -- especially candy that doubles as drywall.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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It's a grim fairy tale, all right.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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a disposable fairy tale ride

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The National
The National

The best "Evil Dead" sequel we never got.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Very lean and speedy... Its primary goal seems to be to entertain as quickly as possible and get the audience back out the door before the story gets old.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Another similarity it shares with Van Helsing is that it's not very good.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

a loud, obnoxious mess

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

I laughed quite often, at its brazen and unapologetic stupidity more than its intentional stabs at comedy.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: MLive.com
MLive.com

[Director Tommy] Wirkola attempts to balance his over-the-top gore with gags, but the jokes often fall flat. The characters aren't very compelling either, and that's a problem in a film built around action.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

There may be some wit afoot, particularly with director-writer Tommy Wirkola's good-for-a-chuckle rethinking of the missing child notices adorning milk bottles, but the film is still just a one-note, hired guns story-with groupies.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Imagine the elaborate plan: 'We use the sets left over from Red Riding Hood, add a candy house, throw in some aerial forest shots out of Twilight, keep it cheap. Steampunk it up, and have 'em wear leather, 'specially her. Lotsa cleavage.'

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Nothing more than Dario Argento dialed down for fourteen-year-olds.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

It's an amusingly cheeky notion: the siblings from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale as witch-slaying bounty hunters. A defter hand than Wirkola's might have succeeded ... but the film's anachronisms are clumsy and most of the jokes fall flat.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Dangerously ignorant and inaccurate on the subject of diabetes, Hansel and Gretel should be disregarded at all costs, and the filmmakers really ashamed they put something so irresponsible on the big screen.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

...feels like a coven of people in offices visited the set, were shown the mocked-up candy house and then decided to gut the whole thing and make it safe for theatrical and television sales to other countries where there's lots of censorship.

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Let's not mince words: Hansel and Gretel is not a good movie.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

The gore is a bore and the sweary script just isn't funny.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

One suspects that, seriously or tongue in cheek, it's really about the "war against terror" and that Hansel and Gretel are the CIA and the witches belong to al-Qaida.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

What will Terra Firma's new overlords think of us if, by some freak set of circumstances, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is all that remains of our once proud hominid civilisation?

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

There's no reason in the world for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters not to be good, clean, trashy fun. But it isn't.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Made in Germany, this raucous adventure merrily refuses to follow the usual Hollywood route of blanding-down a fairy tale for the lowest common denominator (see both Snow White movies last year).

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

[A] fast and furious all-action continuation of the classic fairy tale ...

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Don't get excited. It's another entry into the fantasy/action genre (as per League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Van Helsing), with steampunk inspirations, alt soundtrack, and some little gore quotient. Add supposed to be catchy catchphrases whenere a baddie is dispatched and its pretty much predictable before the opening shots. Time passes quickly however and while not surprised you'll not be completely bored either.
April 12, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Revenge is sweeter than candy.

Good Movie! Its not an intellectually stimulating movie. Its made to a hilariously entertaining popcorn flick with over-the-top action and unrealistic weapons that wouldn't have existed given the 'time period' this movie seems to be set in. So you folks out there giving it bad rap for not meeting your standards, calm down. Its clearly not trying to. The only complaint I have is that it wasn't long enough. It's run time is just short of 90 minutes so they had ample room to expand a few scenes or even add new ones to flesh out the character development a little. A definite recommend for any action junkie.

The siblings Hansel and Gretel are left alone in the woods by their father and captured by a dark witch in a candy house. However they kill the witch and escape from the spot. Years later, the orphans have become famous witch hunters. When eleven children go missing in a small village, the Mayor summons Hansel and Gretel to rescue them, and they save the red haired Mina from the local sheriff that wants to burn her accusing Mina of witchcraft. Soon they discover that the Blood Moon will approach in three days and the powerful dark witch Muriel is the responsible for the abduction of children. She intends to use the children together with a secret ingredient in a Sabbath to make the coven of witches protected against the fire. Meanwhile Hansel and Gretel disclose secrets about their parents.
January 18, 2014
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Straying impossibly far away from it's source material, "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunter's" is the type of film that you can have a blast watching, but in the end, you will admit that it is just a bad movie overall. It has a few nods here and there to the original Hansel and Gretel fairytale which was nice, but it got tiring when you finally got to the action scenes which kind of felt more repetitive than anything. I will not say it's a terrible film by any means, because the entertainment levels are sky high. The script is probably in the top 5 worst of 2013 and the delivery of the dialogue is just as terrible, but that made the film much more fun to watch. It's a big piece of Hollywood Schlock that I won't remember, but I will be fine with to turn my brain off and watch again.
September 7, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

It seems I'm in the minority yet again, as I found Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to be a pretty good film. I thought it had a Sam Raimi/Buffy feel to it, am I alone? I thought Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton were great in the title roles, Famke Janssen was a great baddie and Peter Stormare was a nice addition but would have liked to have seen more from him. The Witches were awesome. Scary, classic but with a modern and fresh twist. I really don't understand the hate for this film, it was never going to be a bloody Oscar winning masterpiece. I ticks all the boxes it promised, it's gory, a bit scary and it kicks bottom in all the right places. I thought it was great fun! Personally I'd love to see more, especially with the team of four left in the end. Please?
August 13, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

    1. Muriel: Gretel. Famous witch hunter, finally we meet.
    2. Gretel: Who are you?
    3. Muriel: I see you got my invitation?
    4. Gretel: Say your name before my arrows rip out your throat!
    5. Muriel: I go by many names, none of which you're worthy of pronouncing.
    – Submitted by James W (5 months ago)
    1. Hansel: I'm old fashioned but Gretel needs more convincing to clarify that someone is a witch.
    – Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
    1. Ben: When I am a grown up, I wanna hunt witches like you too do.
    2. Gretel: We didn't ask for this Ben.
    – Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
    1. Gretel: You collected all this?
    – Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
    1. Hansel: The name's Hansel, and this here is my sister, Gretel.
    – Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
    1. Gretel: What do you think your doing?
    – Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
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