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Hocus Pocus Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2015
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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2015
Dreadful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2015
Hocus Pocus is harmless, but it's about as much fun as celebrating Mardi Gras under the influence of candy corn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 15, 2015
Silly but irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 15, 2015
All things considered, Hocus Pocus is much more entertaining than a pimple-people picture has a right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 15, 2015
Hocus Pocus remains a delightful family comedy, spooky but never scary as it romps its merry way through the graveyard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
April 1, 2009
With Bette Midler and her onscreen sisters shamelessly hamming things up, it looks as if those involved in making this inoffensive flight of fantasy had more fun than anyone over 12 will have watching it.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
[Midler, Najimy and Parker] perform a show-stopping version of 'I Put a Spell on You' at a Halloween party, but otherwise it's slim pickings.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Apparently too much eye of newt got into the formula for Hocus Pocus, transforming a potentially wicked Bette Midler vehicle into an unholy mess.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Watching the movie is like attending a party you weren't invited to, and where you don't know anybody, and they're all in on a joke but won't explain it to you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Hocus Pocus is really two movies -- a sophomoric caper for teenage boys and a dark lark for fans of Disney farce, an abracadabra Sister Act. Both of them are failures.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In the not-too-distant future look for Hocus Pocus in the rental-store bins, or as part of a Halloween "Trick or Treat" package (three bags of candies with Hocus Pocus for $5.95).
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
As a family film, Hocus Pocus is passable --- provided you don't have particularly high standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
July 16, 1993
It's acceptable scary-silly kid fodder that adults will find only mildly insulting. Unless they're Bette Midler fans. In which case it's depressing as hell.
Full Review | Original Score: C-