Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Reviews

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Tom Charity
CNN.com
February 5, 2013
If this long-delayed and blatantly pandering CGI malarkey is anything to go by, Hollywood's current craze for fairy tales isn't going to have a happy ending.
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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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 4, 2013
The movie settles for showers of gore with intermittent moments of spoofiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 4, 2013
The whole kidding trope, which you can bet was ordered by McKay and Ferrell, is pretty lame, and defeats the leads' attempts to bring shadings to cardboard cartoon characters.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 4, 2013
At least it puts forth a sound message: Kids, avoid overdoing it on sweets -- especially candy that doubles as drywall.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 4, 2013
It's a grim fairy tale, all right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
February 4, 2013
Eighty-eight minutes of trash.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 30, 2013
I doubt that they had Strike Anywhere matches in the 14th century, and I'm pretty sure nobody said things like "Whatever happens, stay cool."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
January 29, 2013
What on Earth are Renner and Arterton doing in this godforsaken thing?
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 28, 2013
The good news is that the actors appear to be having fun. The bad news is that we're not.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
January 26, 2013
Wirkola tears through "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" with such giddy abandon, it ends up being splattery fanboy fun. Preposterous, clearly, but fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2013
For all the perspiration in jazzing up an old yarn, there's not a whiff of originality in how Wirkola engages with the perverse pleasures enshrined by the Grimm brothers, two of their era's shrewdest storytellers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
January 26, 2013
There isn't much swashbuckling chemistry between Mr. Renner and Ms. Arterton, and the script doesn't give them enough of the witty lines that can elevate these types of movies to must-see status ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 25, 2013
It isn't a movie so much as a mechanical process.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
January 25, 2013
A rarely funny spoof that's heavy on bone-crushing and blood-gushing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 25, 2013
This may be the longest 90 minutes you ever spend in a theater. You've been warned.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 25, 2013
Even if he's slumming, Renner gets it best: his dry delivery fully acknowledges the movie's ridiculousness. If you're planning on entering this fractured fairy tale, you'll want to follow his lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Barker
Variety
January 25, 2013
While the film rarely provokes any strenuous eye-rolling, it also can't drum up even the slightest interest in the fate of its characters, let alone suspense.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 25, 2013
The film isn't funny enough for comedy or scary enough for horror, and the anachronisms are ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2013
Lots of anachronisms and tongue-in-cheek dialogue establish the spoofy nature of this violent venture. All that's missing is a genuine sense of wit.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 25, 2013
An exceedingly dull and stillborn attempt to update the Brothers Grimm.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4