Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Reviews

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James Luxford
The National
October 18, 2013
a disposable fairy tale ride
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 29, 2013
The best "Evil Dead" sequel we never got.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
June 21, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
June 11, 2013
Another similarity it shares with Van Helsing is that it's not very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
June 11, 2013
a loud, obnoxious mess
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Serba
June 11, 2013
I laughed quite often, at its brazen and unapologetic stupidity more than its intentional stabs at comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 11, 2013
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Elias Savada
Film Threat
June 6, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 6, 2013
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.'
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2013
Nothing more than Dario Argento dialed down for fourteen-year-olds.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 14, 2013
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.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
March 13, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Dave White
March 9, 2013
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
March 7, 2013
Let's not mince words: Hansel and Gretel is not a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 3, 2013
The gore is a bore and the sweary script just isn't funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 3, 2013
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.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
March 3, 2013
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?
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 1, 2013
There's no reason in the world for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters not to be good, clean, trashy fun. But it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
March 1, 2013
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
March 1, 2013
[A] fast and furious all-action continuation of the classic fairy tale ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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