Matilda

1996

Matilda

Critics Consensus

Danny DeVito-directed version of Matilda is odd, charming, and while the movie diverges from Roald Dahl, it nonetheless captures the book's spirit.

90%

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Reviews Counted: 21

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Average Rating: 3.2/5

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Based on the book Matilda, by British children's author Roald Dahl, this film moves the setting from the U.K. to the U.S.; otherwise it follows the original closely. Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent little girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her sufferings and help her friends as well. Villains from the awful Miss Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), headmistress of her miserable school Crunchem Hall, to her parents and older brother begin to feel her ire. Look for Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) in a small part as an FBI agent investigating Matilda's shady father. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Cast

Rhea Perlman
as Mrs. Wormwood
Mara Wilson
as Matilda Wormwood
Embeth Davidtz
as Miss Honey/Mother
Pam Ferris
as Trunchbull
Danny DeVito
as Mr. Wormwood
Tracey Walter
as FBI Agent
Brian Levinson
as Michael Wormwood
Paul Reubens
as FBI Agent
Sara Magdalin
as Matilda, 4 years
Jon Lovitz
as Million $ Sticky Host
Fred Scialla
as Stand-In
Kiami Davael
as Lavender
Leor Livneh Hackel
as Julius Rottwinkle
Jacqueline Steiger
as Amanda Thripp
Jimmy Karz
as Bruce Bogtrotter
Liam Kearns
as Charles
Nicholas Cox
as Michael, 6 years
J.C. Alexander
as Nearby Boy
Malone Brinton
as Older Boy
Joshua Alvarez
as Child at Assembly
Max E. Blum
as Child at Assembly
Erin M. Gray
as Child at Assembly
Misty L. Oppenheim
as Child at Assembly
Christopher Shepard Hughes
as Child at Assembly
Rachel Snow
as Child at Assembly
Craig Lamar Traylor
as Child in Classroom
Jennifer Key
as Child in Classroom
Marty Bautista
as Child in Classroom
David Anthony Hernandez
as Child in Classroom
Raina Cease
as Child in Classroom
Jonathan Cease
as Child in Classroom
Vinnie Buffolino
as Child in Classroom
Marcella Sassano
as Child in Classroom
Johnny Thomas III
as Child in Classroom
Shannon Hughes
as Child in Classroom
Christel Khalil
as Child in Classroom
Cassie Colaw
as Child in Classroom
Justin Stout
as Child in Classroom
Cindy Tran
as Child in Classroom
Jonathan Feyer
as Child in Classroom
Alissa Graham
as Newborn Matilda
Amanda Graham
as Newborn Matilda
Trevor Gallagher
as Newborn Matilda
Anthony James Gallagher
as Newborn Matilda
Kayla Fredericks
as Matilda, 9 months
Kelsey Fredericks
as Matilda, 9 months
Amanda Fein
as Matilda, Toddler
Caitlin Fein
as Matilda, Toddler
Amanda Summers
as Miss Honey, 2 years
Kristin Summers
as Miss Honey, 2 years
Phoebe Pearl
as Miss Honey, 5 years
Kathy Barbour
as Million $ Sticky Showgirl
Donna Spangler
as Million $ Sticky Showgirl
Marianne Curan
as Million $ Sticky Contestant
Penny Holland
as Million $ Sticky Contestant
Richard E. Coe
as Million $ Sticky Contestant
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Critic Reviews for Matilda

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

Audience Reviews for Matilda

So touching, suspenseful, extreme, and campy! Mara Wilson had such a deep, sage-like voice, and all the recent 20-year reunion pics of the cast are adorbz.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Heart-warming movie about a girl with magical powers, a family who doesn't want her and a horrible teacher.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

½

A charming and fun children's movie with some nice lead performances. It's nothing that hasn't been done before, but it does everything well enough to get a solid recommendation from me. It's just an entertaining and light-hearted film that will definitely resonate with its target crowd of younger children, but it made me feel like a kid at the same time. The film is smart and doesn't have juvenile humor or a half-baked story. It's actually a very well told story with a good message and is well directed by Danny DeVito. There's plenty of memorable characters played wonderfully by some lesser known actors/actresses. Imaginative and unique, Matilda is a movie that children of all ages will likely enjoy on some level, but also happens to be a worthwhile time for the whole family.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

½

Danny Devito's Matilda is again one of those films that you enjoy when you're young, but once you grow up, you realize that the film isn't what it used to be. I'm not a fan of Mara Wilson, and I think she is very annoying. With Matilda, Danny Devito adapts Roald Dahl's classic children's book to the screen, and he does a poor job at it to. I remember enjoying this film as a kid, but like I stated this is a film that you can only enjoy as a child, and grow tired of when you're older. Mara Wilson is a terrible actress, and I find she has very limited range. As for Danny Devito, he can play the rude, obnoxious type, and he's not very good here. This is a fairly boring film that I lost interest in. I felt that Matilda didn't hold up the test of time as so many other childhood films have. Matila is a terrible film that isn't that interesting. Only diehard fans of the book will most likely enjoy this, but I didn't. I thought that the film was very mediocre. The films two good actors, Embeth Davidtz and Pam Ferris makes this film slightly watchable Matilda hasn't stood the test of time, and for me is one of those films that you enjoy when you're young, but that you don't like when you're older. The film is pretty pointless and I don't see why this film has gotten praise. The result is a tired film that plainly doesn't cut it, and is over sentimental. I just feel that Matilda is a forgettable family film that is only worth watching once. Mara Wilson is depressing in the lead role, and it's really what makes this film pretty bad. Not a good family film like so many other films.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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