Jan 22, 2021
When the story's consequences are just a little less dire and the darkness of the woods just a little less threatening, the hard-won redemption at story's end doesn't seem nearly as sweet.
Sep 1, 2017
... somewhere along each character's traipse through the foreboding forest, the story just loses its way.
Jun 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.
Dec 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.
Jan 19, 2015
A disclaimer: Despite a dizzying and delightful first half, the film ultimately devolves into a very grim fairy tale.
Jan 16, 2015
Meryl Streep luxuriates in her blue wig as the vengeful Witch who's also a moral compass.
Jan 11, 2015
La Streep gives it some much-needed oomph, but just wishing upon her star power won't make your dreams come true.
Jan 9, 2015
I imagine it helps if you love the music.
Jan 9, 2015
Sondheim's cleverness is fascinatingly at odds with a direct morality plainspoken enough for any children who may be listening.
Jan 9, 2015
Worth seeing.
Jan 8, 2015
Yet amid the cleverness and the wickedly subversive tilt they take, there's an affectionate regard for all of their characters.
Jan 8, 2015
A layer of theatregoing good taste covers this entertaining if stately movie musical, based on Stephen Sondheim's stage show, which opened in the US in 1987 and has been revived constantly since.
Jan 8, 2015
There are brilliant, bewitching moments allied to hilarious and touching ones. Just not enough of them in what veers, at length, between the clever, the terrifying and the bit tiring.
Jan 8, 2015
It's a pity and a sin, the songs are spread so thin But this really is a joyous film A delightful and surprising film It really is a joyous film Sondheim!
Jan 8, 2015
Thanks heavens for a terrific Emily Blunt who, as the occasionally tortured Baker's Wife, seems intent on single-handedly battering the piece back towards respectability.
Jan 6, 2015
The musical threads in Sondheim's score wind their way through the film effortlessly, and the performers relish the razor-sharp lyrics he's given them.
Jan 6, 2015
With the exception of Meryl Streep (as the Witch) and James Corden (as the Baker), the cast is bland, and the bombastic orchestrations tend to steamroll the nuances of Sondheim's score.
Jan 5, 2015
If you go down to the woods today... you'll find A-listers dressed like 'Game of Thrones' extras belting out showtunes.
Dec 29, 2014
The movie is a watchable, tuneful contraption.
Dec 26, 2014
"Into the Woods," a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical, is one of this year's best films.