Hansel & Gretel (2002)




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One of The Brothers Grimm's best loved fairy tales gets an overhaul using the latest in visual effects technology in this comedy-drama for the whole family. A little girl (Dakota Fanning) has a hard time getting to sleep, so her father (Daniel Roebuck) dusts off a book of children's stories and reads her one of his favorites. Hansel (Jacob Smith) and Gretel (Taylor Momsen) are two children who are being raised by their loving father (Gerald McRaney) and his shrewish second wife (Delta Burke) after the unfortunate death of their mother. When Father is forced to leave home to find work in the city, Stepmother decides this would be the perfect time to get rid of the children, and she manages to "lose" Hansel and Gretel in an enchanted forest. While the children make a valuable and magical friend in The Sandman (Howie Mandel), they also encounter a mysterious woman with a gingerbread house (Lynn Redgrave), who takes them in; however, it isn't long before they learn she's actually a witch, and has made some unorthodox dinner plans involving her young guests. Hansel & Gretel also features the voice talents of Sinbad, Bobcat Goldthwaite, and Tom Arnold as, respectively, a talking raven, a troll, and the Bogeyman.
PG (for thematic elements and some crude humor)
Kids & Family
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Jacob Smith
as Hansel
Taylor Momsen
as Gretel
Delta Burke
as Stepmother
Howie Mandel
as Sandman
Alana Austin
as Wood Faerie
Thomas Curtis
as Andrew
as Raven
Tom Arnold
as Boogeyman
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Critic Reviews for Hansel & Gretel

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

It would be hard to imagine a more feeble rendering of the 19th century Grimm Brothers tale.

October 31, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

What it lacks is a coherent point of view or consistent tone.

Full Review… | October 24, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

For trashing a classic, [Tunnicliffe] and his writing cohorts deserve a Grimm-style fate -- perhaps a long, slow boil in the witch's vat?

Full Review… | October 24, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

While the picture stays to basic outline of the original story in opening and closing sections, the large middle is stuffed with badly staged slapstick and painful stabs at hip dialogue in an arch attempt to cater to modern kids.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
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August 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for Hansel & Gretel

This movie was funny when I was a kid, I haven't watched it again yet, so I'm not going to watch it again.

Ben Cela
Ben Cela

Real Life Husband & Wife Gerald McRaney & Delta Burke a young Taylor Momsen,Howie Mandel, & Lynne Redgrave are enough to memit me watching this Beloved but Feared Story from my Childhood.I enjoyed seeing it on screen instead of just from a book.Delta Burke was a little TOO Good as the Evil Step Mother.Lynn Redgrave is wonderful casting as the Witch.I'm surprised this didn't do well by the Critics, because this Amateur Critic enjoyed it quite a bit.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

Just a terrible movie, if I could give it zero stars I would. I'm on a crusade against dumb kids' movie and this movie reinforces that. It's not funny, it completely butchers the original story, it looks like crap (and smells like it too). If this movie was so bad that it's good, but it rdoesn't even manage to reach that. Just an outright disaster of a movie. It's, by far, one of the worst kids' movie I've ever seen, even worse than the recent Gulliver's travels. Epic fail of a movie this is. One last thing, I thought my 900th review on this website would be for a much better movie but those plans are all out the window now, here's to the 1000th being better.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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