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Ghoulish genre-bending asian horror boasts impressive production design, but an unsatisfactory denouement. Read critic reviews

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Eun-soo gets lost in the forest and is led to a house whose inhabitants never age.

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Critic Reviews for Hansel & Gretel

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (3)

  • Hardly innovative, but effective and handsomely produced, Hansel & Gretel puts the "grim" in Grimm while placing South Korean director Yim Phil-sung on the shortlist of Pan's Labyrinth emulators to trust.

    September 1, 2009
  • It is a film that is just good enough to keep you hanging around to the end, at which point you leave the theatre feeling vaguely let down.

    March 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/4
  • Genuinely ghoulish and grim in the best Brothers Grimm tradition.

    January 16, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's inconsistent: too predictable and simplistic for adults, too disturbing and bloody for their offspring. It's hard to know who it's for.

    January 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • The production design is terrific - the colour palette is as lurid as a plate of cupcakes. But the film loses its tension in a baggy final act that overexplains the secret of the house.

    January 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Revenge by abandoned children on the treachery of grown-ups ought to be unsetting at the very least, if not spine-tingingly terrifying. But it's done so clumsily that nothing remotely spooky emerges.

    January 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Hardly innovative, but effective and handsomely produced, Hansel & Gretel puts the "grim" in Grimm while placing South Korean director Yim Phil-sung on the shortlist of Pan's Labyrinth emulators to trust.

    September 1, 2009
  • It is a film that is just good enough to keep you hanging around to the end, at which point you leave the theatre feeling vaguely let down.

    March 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/4
  • Genuinely ghoulish and grim in the best Brothers Grimm tradition.

    January 16, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's inconsistent: too predictable and simplistic for adults, too disturbing and bloody for their offspring. It's hard to know who it's for.

    January 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • An original take on an age-old story, Hansel & Gretel is a small but powerful addition to the Eastern horror genre.

    October 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a very slow film, with a third act that might have benefitted from a little pruning, but it's worth the journey to understand the destination.

    July 26, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hansel & Gretel

  • Jan 11, 2010
    Young man crashes car into forest, gets rescued by three children and their doting parents and is taken to fairytale cottage in the woods. Which he doesn't seem able to leave. Part kitsch story, part scary story, and part sad story, with suitably creepy yet sweet children and yukky things happening to the adults that cross them. Nice one.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2010
    An very unique, atmospheric, challenging, tragic and sometimes creepy psychological/drama that has drops of horror in it but not much. I thought the story was intriguing but mostly confusing and the acting and filming was mostly top notch but this one makes you use your brain to figure stuff out which was frustrating in some parts especially the ending. To me this is overrated and some people say it surpasses Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage but I think those two films are superior to this, not saying it's bad it's just not as good. Some parts in this film are visually amazing and it enthralls you from beginning to end but I was still a tad disappointed with the final result. Overall don't rent this thinking your going to see another korean horror movie because it is far from it but do rent it if you like fantasy, story and atmosphere driven dramas because this one is one of the more decent ones out there but be prepared to be patient for the slow build up. More of a 2.5 out of 5 than a 3 to me.
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2009
    If you think for a second, Hansel & Gretel the Original"fairy" tale is not really friendly tale. It is creepy. A creepy version of Hansel & Gretel I thought there cannt be creepier than the tale itself. Just like I thought. Pretty well made
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2009
    The Korean horror films seem to work because of the director's ability to put elements like horror and drama in such a way that you simply cannot give up on the characters in the story, no matter how much you dislike them. This is definitely the case with Hansel & Gretel, a film which if all you know is the title and you will find something very much the opposite of your expectations when you watched the film. This is not a story about two children being taken in by a witch, but the opposite. Being despite to believe by the title that you've heard this story before and now you are going to experience a total variation from the Asian horror film. The Koreans have succeed in their need to produce something new and not fall back into recent genre trends. This film is no different. You're not entirely sure of the film, until the second plot point, you're not sure of the victims, and not if there is going to be a happy ending. There is nothing in sight. This film is like a Korean version of Pan's Labyrinth, a story about children and their strange capacity to realize their dreams through imaginations. GREAT FILM.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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