Practical Magic


Practical Magic

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Practical Magic's jarring tonal shifts sink what little potential its offbeat story may have -- though Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock's chemistry makes a strong argument for future collaborations.



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The two Owen sisters from a small Massachusetts are normal siblings - except they are actual witches. They use their magical powers to grant spells for love.

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Sandra Bullock
as Sally Owens
Nicole Kidman
as Gillian Owens
Stockard Channing
as Aunt Frances
Dianne Wiest
as Aunt Jet
Goran Visnjic
as Jimmy Angelov
Caprice Benedetti
as Maria Owens
Annabella Price
as Lovelorn Lady
Camilla Belle
as Sally (age 11)
Lora Anne Criswell
as Gillian (age 10)
Margo Martindale
as Linda Bennett
Lucinda Jenney
as Sara (as an adult)
Mary Gross
as Debbie
Jack Kirschke
as Old Man Wilkes
Herta Ware
as Old Woman Wilkes
Ellen Geer
as Pharmacist
John McLeod
as Puritan Minister
Trevor Duncan
as Sara's Boy
Colby Cochran
as Ice Cream Boy
Caitlyn Holley
as Ice Cream Girl
Ken Serratt Jr.
as Lovelorn's Lover
Jeanne Robinson
as PTC Mom No. 1
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Critic Reviews for Practical Magic

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  • It doesn't seem as if there was much communication between the three screenwriters who are credited with adapting Alice Hoffman's novel. Perhaps they should have tried ESP.

    Mar 30, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Practical Magic, in other words, is anything but magical. The only spell it casts will put you right to sleep.

    Mar 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Though its startling shifts in tone sometimes seem unmotivated, this dark yet syrupy 1998 romance has an adolescent charm.

    Mar 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Though the tale is not without its charms, its spell is repeatedly broken by the random pace and tone.

    Mar 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • ts flat whimsy, VH1-ready musical montage sequences, and less-than-magic magic realism will probably not be enough to hold the attention of all but the most undiscriminating fans of witches and Stockard Channing.

    Mar 30, 2019 | Full Review…

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Bullock brings the needed tone of credibility to Practical Magic, while Kidman delivers excitement and unpredictability.

    Jun 18, 2012

Audience Reviews for Practical Magic


Not that good.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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What a waste of a talented cast.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

It did felt corny at some moment(s) (the blood thingy at the end). But other than that, the whole movie was great. Is full of magic (not the silly ones). I loved the bonding of Sandra and Nicole. It made me jealous for not having a sister.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

This is my favorite Sandra Bullock movie besides While You Were Sleeping. Love this movie. Own it and watch it often with friends. There are three movies me and my friends watch often together and it's Practical Magic, Girl Interrupted, and Almost Famous. Never fails. It's always one of the three.. Sandra and Kidman are great together and really make you believe they are sisters. The aunts are insane and funny and its great. One of the best Witch movies out there.


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