Something Wicked This Way Comes Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
November 14, 2013
Even amidst readily apparent imperfections, "Wicked" still holds a melancholy grip. That's because its supernatural elements are really but a grace note to the symphony of its everyday drama, whose elegant, elegiac qualities have diminished little.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
May 14, 2013
Along with The Watcher in the Woods, it may be Disney's only honest-to-God effort to tell us a horror story.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 10, 2009
The property was snapped up by Disney, which promptly sucked the life out of it, turning it into a scrubbed and innocuous coming-of-age tale. Too bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 10, 2009
Possibilities for a dark, child's view fantasy set in rural America of yore are visible throughout the $20 million production but various elements have not entirely congealed into a unified achievement.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 10, 2009
The plot concerns a mysterious carnival outside a small town in the early 1900s that grants the wishes of the town's citizens, with dark consequences.
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 4, 2008
WICKED needs to be viewed as a different kind of film
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 26, 2006
Try as I might to get into this movie, based on the classic Ray Bradbury tale, I've found myself blocked by its off-putting ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A lively, entertaining tale combining boyishness and grown-up horror in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
November 3, 2003
Bradbury's tale connects fear and dread to concupiscent desire and disordered regret — fantasies of wealth or women, preoccupation with lost beauty or physical ability.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Film4
May 24, 2003
A film that does not seem to know whether it wants to be genuinely frightening or a fantasy fable.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 7, 2003
Two or three chilling scenes make up for the periodic patches of dead air.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 5, 2002
Moments of genuine creepiness
| Original Score: 4/5
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
July 26, 2002
Elicits a brand of fright that can only be experienced in childhood nightmares. It's the ultimate adult rendition of a child's worst fears.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
A scary movie that keeps things within relatively safe bounds for the eight to ten-year-old set.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 21, 2008
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 3, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 10, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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