Practical Magic (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Practical Magic (1998)



Critic Consensus: Comedy, romance, and humor mix with unsatisfying results.

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Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some violence, intense thematic elements and sensuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Robin Swicord, Akiva Goldsman, Adam Brooks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 16, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (24)

A flat, unappealing potion!

January 1, 2000
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Part comedy, part family drama, part romance, part special-effects mystery-adventure, and not entirely satisfying on any of these levels.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

A disappointing brew of slick commercial moviemaking and old-fashioned romantic fantasy!

January 1, 2000
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A crafty chick flick about likable witches!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Although I enjoyed portions of the movie, I can't wholeheartedly recommend something with such an unfortunate and dissatisfying conclusion!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

The movie doesn't seem sure what tone to adopt, veering uncertainly from horror to laughs to romance.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Practical Magic

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

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.


Super Reviewer

A very enjoyable film with a very good cast including a very young Camilla Belle. A mix of Rom-Com/drama that has some dark moments as a family of witches try to break a curse within their family.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

Practical Magic Quotes

Gillian Owens: He wants me, just me. Everyone would be safe. Just let him take me.
Sally Owens: Don't die on me, Gilly please, 'cause we're supposed to die together, at the same time. You promised me that, and this is not that day.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)
Gillian Owens: Do you forgive our mother?
Sally Owens: Sometimes.
Gillian Owens: Well, you'll never forgive yourself, unless you get up, get dressed and you brush you goddamn teeth, 'cause your breath stinks.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)
Gillian Owens: I hate it here. I wanna go where... where no-one's even heard of us.
Sally Owens: I feel like I'm never going to see you again.
Gillian Owens: Of course you're going to see me again. We're going to grow old together. It's gonna be you and me, living in a big house. These two old biddies with all these cats. I mean, I bet we even die in the same day.
Sally Owens: You swear?
Gillian Owens: Honey, I need your pocket knife. [cuts her hand and Sally's] My blood, your blood, our blood.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)
Aunt Frances: In this house we have chocolate cake for breakfast, and never bother with silly little things like bedtimes, or brushing our teeth.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)

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