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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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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.
Hocus Pocus is harmless, but it's about as much fun as celebrating Mardi Gras under the influence of candy corn.
Silly but irresistible.
All things considered, Hocus Pocus is much more entertaining than a pimple-people picture has a right to be.
Hocus Pocus remains a delightful family comedy, spooky but never scary as it romps its merry way through the graveyard.
The sheer glut of stuff has the terrible effect of wrecking the pacing, making the not-egregiously-long movie feel substantially more than in its running time.
A movie perfectly matched for pre-Lizzie Maguire tweens looking for something to watch on cable around Halloween while their older siblings were in the basement watching Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees split heads.
An unscary, unfunny game of kids vs. kitschy witches.
They probably should have left this misfire in the broom closet -- with the other wooden vehicles.
This is one of the oddest releases of the summer, and it's hard to imagine it finding a broad audience. With the rather ghoulish deaths of children depicted, it's certainly too strong for very young moviegoers.
Forget amusement parks and hockey teams. It's in movie comedies that Disney is having its real crisis, as evidenced by this would-be laugh-getter that begins with the murder of a child and a triple hanging.
Nothing could match up to the charisma and charm of Midler, Parker & Najimy, but that's ultimately all that was going for the film. Hocus Pocus is a fair attempt at a spooky, humorous family film that's filled with inconsistencies. However, there is glimmer in its heartfelt tone and outrageous gags that give it its cult-like following especially during the Halloween season. 3/5
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.
A gem for those who grew up with this oddly comical movie.
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.
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