Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Reviews

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Nour Habib
Tulsa World
February 14, 2013
The only audience I can think of who might enjoy this movie would be 12- or 13-year-old boys, whose parents may be wary of letting them watch it because of the numerous instances of haphazardly inserted curse words.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John Serba
June 11, 2013
I laughed quite often, at its brazen and unapologetic stupidity more than its intentional stabs at comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ben Kendrick
January 25, 2013
Despite aiming for a deeper character story, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters only succeeds as mindless and bloody entertainment - thin as its fairy tale source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Cunningham
February 28, 2013
Maybe it wouldn't seem so bad if the plot made a lick of sense...but it doesn't!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Wold
Paste Magazine
February 1, 2013
Just another entry in Bland Fairy Tale Theater, a shapeless riff on those hapless German siblings with the worst parents ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
January 28, 2013
The effects and make-up stand out, and some of the action sequences packed a punch, but the film was just too dull and predictable to help it rise above the January heap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
January 28, 2013
Some promise was there, but "Hansel and Gretel" is ultimately just another January bore that we'll forget by March.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
January 30, 2013
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has the hypnotic allure of a candy-coated house but in reality, it's a diabetic coma.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 1, 2013
There's no reason in the world for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters not to be good, clean, trashy fun. But it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
January 25, 2013
Tommy Wirkola's film suggests A Knight's Tale as penned by Seth MacFarlane.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
James Luxford
The National
October 18, 2013
a disposable fairy tale ride
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
March 3, 2013
What will Terra Firma's new overlords think of us if, by some freak set of circumstances, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is all that remains of our once proud hominid civilisation?
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
January 25, 2013
I remember clearly what it was like to be a 12-year-old boy and know that if they had let me make a movie at that age it would look an awful lot like 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
February 25, 2013
At best it's an intermittent assault on the senses but even that's not nearly as fun as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 12, 2013
Wirkola aims for camp but overshoots, causing things to feel less like Sam Raimi and more like Uwe Boll.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
January 25, 2013
Playing his film with a constant wink and nod Wirkola spends Hansel & Gretel's running time balanced on a knife's edge and juggling flaming chainsaws while doing it. He never falls although he does frequently stumble quite badly.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
February 4, 2013
Eighty-eight minutes of trash.
Simon Miraudo
February 3, 2013
A half-heartedly conceived, boringly executed, and instantly forgettable feathered-fish for absolutely no one... just bad enough to incite an existential, soul-searching journey wherein we wonder if we are even capable of experiencing joy
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
January 25, 2013
The movie has been sitting on the shelf for a while, and like, say, a house of candy you might find in the woods, it's gotten a bit stale.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
February 4, 2013
There isn't much to this beyond the poorly staged, rapidly edited violence; the witches, all but devoid of backstory, are basically canvasses for cartoon splatter.
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