Hocus Pocus (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus



Critic Consensus: Harmlessly hokey yet never much more than mediocre, Hocus Pocus is a muddled family-friendly effort that fails to live up to the talents of its impressive cast.

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The people of Salem capture and execute three witches for practicing witchcraft. Before their deaths, they vow to return to Salem 300 years on Halloween to exact their revenge. Three hundred years later, a skeptical, newly transplanted Californian, Max, explores the ruins of the legendary witches house and dares the witches to manifest themselves. Disregarding the warnings of his sister and girlfriend, Max lights the Candle of Black Flame. With that, the witches reappear to wreak havoc on the town. The kids take off with the witches spellbook. The sorceresses, who will die by the morning light if they don't recite the incantation for immortality, have to get the books by whatever means they can.more
Rating: PG (for some scary sequences, and for language)
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mick Garris, Neil Cuthbert, Neil Cuthbert, Greg Beeman, David Kirschner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 2003
Buena Vista Pictures


Bette Midler
as Winifred Sanderson
Sarah Jessica Parker
as Sarah Sanderson
Kathy Najimy
as Mary Sanderson
Omri Katz
as Max Dennison
Thora Birch
as Dani Dennison
Vinessa Shaw
as Allison
Larry Bagby III
as Ernie (`Ice')
Doug Jones
as Billy Butcherson
Sean Murray
as Thackery
Karyn Malchus
as Headless Billy Butch...
Norbert Weisser
as Thackery's Father
Penny Marshall
as uncredited cameo
Ezra Sutton
as Fireman #2
Garry Marshall
as uncredited cameo
Don Yesso
as Bus Driver
Leigh Hamilton
as Cop's Girlfriend
Joe Malone
as Singer
Teda Bracci
as Calamity Jane
Jason Marsden
as Thackery Binx
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Critic Reviews for Hocus Pocus

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14)

Though children may be satisfied (if the witch stuff doesn't scare them) adults will have a harder time with the by-the-numbers confrontations between the witches and the plucky youths.

Full Review… | August 15, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic


Full Review… | August 15, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Hocus Pocus is harmless, but it's about as much fun as celebrating Mardi Gras under the influence of candy corn.

Full Review… | August 15, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Silly but irresistible.

Full Review… | August 15, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

All things considered, Hocus Pocus is much more entertaining than a pimple-people picture has a right to be.

Full Review… | August 15, 2015
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Hocus Pocus remains a delightful family comedy, spooky but never scary as it romps its merry way through the graveyard.

Full Review… | August 15, 2015
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hocus Pocus

Not particularly memorable, scary, funny, or quotable. Floppy-haired Omri Katz is very likable as Max, the skeptic protagonist, and young Thora Birch as his sister is impish and adorable. The blossoming friendships between Max, Allison, Dani, and Binx are more compelling than the witchy Halloween lore.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


A gem for those who grew up with this oddly comical movie.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Flat footed wannabe farce that wastes the talents of Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy. Mean spirited and completely lacking any sense of whimsy that could have made the film fun.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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