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Bewitched Reviews

November 5, 2007
By the tepid ending, the movie appears to have been sedated.
June 24, 2006
Despite the intriguing set-up, formula proves as hard a habit for Ephron to kick as magic is for Isabel.
May 12, 2006
What the hell is Will Ferrell doing to his career?
September 26, 2005
If it lost every bad idea, miscast actor, wasted performance, and botched scene, nothing would be left but the end credits.
July 7, 2005
The rabbit that's pulled out of the hat is lifeless.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 29, 2005
What this revival needs is a good kick in the pants. And that Ephron and friends lack the low cunning to deliver.
June 29, 2005
The Ephron sisters, sophisticates entrusted with a simple TV situation comedy, lose the magic of the com as they mess with the sit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 27, 2005
In the original TV series, Elizabeth Montgomery had this kind of sexy, subversive personality. Here we just have this na´ve person who just flits about.
June 25, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: D+
June 24, 2005
The artificiality of Bewitched is so exaggerated that it almost works in the movie's favor for the first 20 minutes or so, before that heavy synthetic Ephron odor really sets in.
June 24, 2005
A phony and cynical look at how Hollywood might make or remake a television show.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 24, 2005
Screenwriters Ephron and her sister Delia are able to get laughs and make character points even in the moments of laying out a fairly involved exposition, and that's no small thing. That's skilled craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 24, 2005
Ephron seems unsure as to whether she's filming a zany retro comedy or a conventional romance, and the film zips back and forth between genres, never really settling.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2005
The result of people trying so hard to wring magic out of a dry well, all that's left to see is their flop sweat.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2005
After Kidman and Ferrell have hit all the expected marks (meet cute, encounter obstacles, fall in love, encounter fatal setback, fall back in love), the movie winds up being hoist on its own petard, becoming the butt of one of its own inside jokes.
June 24, 2005
For one thing, it looks every bit as drab as the average 1966 sitcom did: overlit, flat, studiobound and phony. For another, it's just as unfunny as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 24, 2005
The fluffiest surprise of the summer. When it comes to the race for giggles, it's Nicole by a nose.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2005
Kidman is enchanting, true, and Caine, MacLaine and Chenoweth work hard, but even with the few good gags sprinkled throughout, you don't leave the theater smiling. The spell fades. The magic just isn't there.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2005
Though there are funny bits here and there, the script just isn't funny enough.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 24, 2005
It is courageously weird -- and that alone casts a spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 24, 2005
Ephron casts a spell full of romantic-comedy charm even as it goes about the post-modern business of toying with our fondness for pop-cultural baubles like Bewitched. Consider the sparkling mood Ephron maintains as irreverent reverence.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2005
Bewitched is respectful of its origin, and it's brave enough to go beyond the obvious. Unfortunately, it goes beyond in a somewhat wrong direction. As a result, this broom stick doesn't really fly, it just glides along.
Read More | Original Score: C
June 24, 2005
Admittedly, there's a certain fascination in watching Kidman deliver these lines. You can see her struggling to make acting decisions with a character who requires none.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2005
Ms. Kidman goes through it all as if impersonating an adorable trick-or-treater.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 24, 2005
The result is not only an homage to the original TV show, it's also a gentle -- and at times hilarious -- spoof of Hollywood.
June 24, 2005
[Manages] to be too clever by half and 100 percent ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2005
[An] un-magical, unfunny and un-romantic alleged comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 24, 2005
The movie proves a marginal creation from talented people who probably would have been better off finding another broomstick to fly.
Read More | Original Score: C-
June 23, 2005
Bewitched will not cast you under its spell. It is more likely to bother and bewilder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 23, 2005
The show, no matter how fantastical, was about something real. The movie is about Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 23, 2005
An uninspired misfire of a TV-series knockoff that, despite its great cast and smart filmmakers, never manages to scare up much magic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 23, 2005
Nora Ephron used to mine the tension between romantic fantasy and the real (disappointing) world for honest laughs. But now she has settled happily in big-budget star-studded chick-flick land, where it's all synthetic, all the time.
June 23, 2005
Outside of the perfomers, which include Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell and a nicely tuned supporting cast, there isn't much to look at here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 23, 2005
It sinks so deep and fast, you don't even see bubbles on the surface.
June 23, 2005
So what's left? Pretty much Kidman's consternation and Ferrell's one-man show, which is funny for awhile but eventually even he runs out of gags. Perhaps more cowbell would have helped.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 23, 2005
Who wants a namby-pamby Samantha?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 23, 2005
Any picture that makes you yearn for the dramatic work of Dick Sargent has got problems.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 23, 2005
The film's funny for 15 minutes as it skewers Hollywood and prowls block after block of familiar L.A. scenery. After that, with a twitch of the nose, all plot vanishes.
June 23, 2005
It's one of those movies where you smile and laugh and are reasonably entertained, but you get no sense of a mighty enterprise sweeping you along with its comedic force. There is not a movie here. Just scenes in search of one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 23, 2005
The kind of movie where the lulls between jokes are brief and you leave the theater a little happier than when you came in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 23, 2005
In the process of avoiding a feature-length replay of the TV show (a trap The Honeymooners walked right into), Bewitched edifies die-hard fans by channeling the original's memorable supporting cast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 23, 2005
A fast-paced, quip-witted movie that sends out mixed signals about its deeper message.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 23, 2005
A travesty of monumental proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 22, 2005
A disaster so low in energy that it jumpstarts its own engine every 10 minutes.
June 21, 2005
Unrivaled in modern times for smugness, vapidity, and condescension. To spend even 10 minutes in the movie's universe is to experience the Sartrean nausea of an utterly hollow head and heart.
June 20, 2005
Stepping into Montgomery's shoes is a thankless task, but Kidman comes across as preternaturally flustered by everything that heightened the serenity of her predecessor.
June 17, 2005
Suffers from its sheer peculiarity as well as a lack of chemistry (or alchemy, for that matter) between leads Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.
June 17, 2005
Rather than settling into an agreeably amusing groove, the picture spends most of its 98 minutes flitting around trying various romantic comedy guises on for size at the expense of pacing.