Hansel & Gretel

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



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Critic Reviews for Hansel & Gretel

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  • 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.

    Sep 1, 2009

    Rob Nelson

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  • 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.

    Mar 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | 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.

    Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

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  • 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.

    Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • The story gets a bit convoluted as it rolls on, rushing through a few too many plot points and explanations, but slowly builds the layers of dread.

    Jul 30, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Hansel & Gretel

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
Wahida K

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A creative piece and a sisister tale, that seems all the more creepy because of it?s fairy tale connection. Having said that it?s not scary or particularly graphic in terms of gore, but the childrens performances manage to pull off an intriguing story and one that?s worth seeing.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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Hansel & Gretel may be an early film on Pil-Sung Yim's directing resume, but this Korean fantasy thriller shows he is no rookie at at this.

First things first. This is not a retelling of a fairy tale. This is a Korean thriller with concepts of the Hansel and Gretel story throw in. Hence, this is not a movie to take the kids to see.

This film doesn't waste time at getting into the fantasy atmosphere. Just after 5 minutes, with the opening credits already in the past, the main character is in the deep forest where 99% of this picture takes place. From here on out, with the run time at just under 2 hours, the bulk of this film is spent slowly unraveling the mystery.

Sure, the film is a bit long. However, at the same time there are positives that are beneficial to this movie. For one, the cinematography is worthy of note. The set designs, with the dark atmosphere and moderate amount of bright colors, are also visually pleasing.

Jeong-myeong Cheon is good as the lead, however it is the 3 children that steal the show: Shim Eun-kyung, Ji-hui Jin, and Eun Won-jae.

As this review comes to a close, Hansel & Gretel is a Korean thriller worth checking out for fans of the genre.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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Smart and well told fable, with a very dark edge. The film do seems to take too much time to tell the story, and for some reasons kind of repeats itself towards the end. Still solid, a fine example of how you should tell a story involving kids. Korean cinema is certainly not dead at all, also, people refering this as some sort of Korean "Pan's Labyrinth" are seriously missing the point of this film, and big time.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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