Into the Woods (2014)



Critic Consensus: On the whole, this Disney adaptation of the Sondheim classic sits comfortably at the corner of Hollywood and Broadway -- even if it darkens to its detriment in the final act.

Movie Info

"Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & … More

Rating: PG (for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Rob Marshall , James Lapine
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 2015
Box Office: $128.0M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


as The Witch

as Baker's Wife

as Cinderella

as Cinderella's Prince

as The Wolf

as Jack's Mother

as Cinderella's Stepmot...

as Red Riding Hood

as Rapunzel's Prince

as Lucinda

as Cinderella's Mother

as Baker's Father

as Grandmother

as The Steward

as Villager
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Critic Reviews for Into the Woods

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (39)

Marshall seems to have missed the point entirely, giving us one of the most straightforward, blandest interpretations of a satire imaginable.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015
Legion of Leia

It's the best Sondheim adaptation, but that's not saying much.

Full Review… | April 13, 2015
Cinema Sight

some of the violence and, in particular, more explicitly sexualized aspects of the original production have been eliminated or softened, although the overall tone remains decidedly dark and complicated

Full Review… | April 8, 2015
Q Network Film Desk

Disney has taken great care to make a movie musical that honors the source material and what a joyful journey it is.

Full Review… | March 14, 2015
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Musical trip into the woods looks great, but where is the magic?

Full Review… | February 13, 2015
Movie Habit

The entire third act feels like a tacked-on verse that has no place in the finished song.

Full Review… | February 10, 2015

Audience Reviews for Into the Woods


Sondheim and Lapine's dark and twisted musical retelling of fairy tales gets a fairly faithful, albeit PG adaptation. I, of course, have no big problem with this because I always found the massive stage musical a bit of a massive letdown after Act I, especially with the Baker's Wife getting killed off after she has sex like some horror movie trope. The sex and death are toned down, which actually evens out the story better, but the demise of the Witch and the reveal of the Mysterious Man/Big Bad Wolf/Baker's Father are anticlimactic and nonexistent, respectively.

All the performers give such impressive turns that I feel like I have to comment on every one of them because it's really a well-cast ensemble. Emily Blunt is the definite stand-out, being probably the only one of the cast who consistently acted intentions while singing, making the Baker's Wife a funnier character than I previously thought with her charmingly flushed comic relief.

Anna Kendrick is, as usual, a musical dynamo with her high and bright Broadway-rafters voice, and Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen steal the show in "Agony" with their princely posturing. Tracey Ullman plays Jack's Mother with cantankerous mettle, and James Corden is quite plucky as the hapless Baker. Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, and Christine Baranski also make a nasty and daffy step-trio. Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel is actually given more to do here than she is given as the good-woman mother on "Forever."

I'm not a fan of the children's songs or characters, but Lilla Crawford has some pipes and decent comic timing, while Gavroche kid enunciates too oddly for my taste. Meryl Streep is a trifle slow with the "greens" tongue twisters, and while she does belt some meaty notes later, I'm not sure how much of her vibrato was added in post-production. I didn't think that voice came out of the same woman who did "Mamma Mia"...

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

"Into the Woods" is Disney's latest attempt in trying to retain the creative rights to all known fairy tales. Already a powerhouse, and the main supplier of modern tales of magic and winsome beauties, Disney has adapted this more adult musical about intertwined Grimm fairytales. Based on the 1986 stage show of the same name, this film is packed with huge sets, punchy songs, and a cast of enigmatic performers. Even with its hugeness, its vision, and great subtlety, it is definitely not the original musical.


Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


A nearly unbearable musical that believes that a bloated, unfocused mishmash of several fairy tales is enough to be interesting, but it only manages to be a torture for the ears with irritating songs and voices besides poor character development, plot holes and no sense of pacing.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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