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Into the Woods Reviews

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
June 7, 2016
It's not, in any easily describable way at least, a terrible movie. It's just a woefully forgettable one, staged with all the depth and flair of a halfhearted community theater production.
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
April 26, 2016
Arguably, it could have been shorter, darker and potentially more rousing. But that might have ruined the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 14, 2016
From its lengthy but rapid-fire opening musical number to Jack's soaring "Giants In The Sky," the project glows with talent, top to bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Theresa Smith
Independent Online (South Africa)
March 4, 2016
As long as it is sending itself up, it is fine, but once the director takes it too seriously, it starts unwinding. Still, the musical numbers and sheer spectacle and size of the production keep it together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
February 24, 2016
Unless you religiously know the musical front to back, there probably aren't many glaring omissions to diminish your enjoyment.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Sophie Gilbert
The Atlantic
December 31, 2015
When it comes to navigating how to be both a family-friendly holiday crowdpleaser and a faithful adaptation of a tricky but profound musical, Into the Woods is mostly golden.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
December 22, 2015
That said, it's an enjoyable ride, with Blunt providing warmth and wit and Corden his usual bumbling charm. But it's Streep that lingers after the credits roll, with a portrayal of a cursed woman that has real pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Witney Seibold
Legion of Leia
April 23, 2015
Marshall seems to have missed the point entirely, giving us one of the most straightforward, blandest interpretations of a satire imaginable.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 13, 2015
It's the best Sondheim adaptation, but that's not saying much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 8, 2015
some of the violence and, in particular, more explicitly sexualized aspects of the original production have been eliminated or softened, although the overall tone remains decidedly dark and complicated
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 14, 2015
Disney has taken great care to make a movie musical that honors the source material and what a joyful journey it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
February 13, 2015
Musical trip into the woods looks great, but where is the magic?
February 10, 2015
The entire third act feels like a tacked-on verse that has no place in the finished song.
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
January 28, 2015
An enchanting picture that is grounded by its distinct profundity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
January 23, 2015
No amount of good acting, quality singing and clever songs can cover the fact that it feels like ... two movies stuck together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 23, 2015
The story never seems to end. It just keeps lurching on, anti-climax after anti-climax.
Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online
January 19, 2015
The movie may not deliver every Sondheim fanatic's hopes for a perfect cinematic Into the Woods but it makes for at least a respectable, if not remarkable night at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
January 19, 2015
A disclaimer: Despite a dizzying and delightful first half, the film ultimately devolves into a very grim fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
January 19, 2015
The third act, in fact, is practically one long effects sequence (and those are never tiresome).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 19, 2015
Sondheim's contrapuntal harmonies and intricate wordplay may not leave you humming but they are full of beauty and rueful wisdom.
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