Practical Magic Reviews

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March 30, 2019
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.
March 30, 2019
Practical Magic, in other words, is anything but magical. The only spell it casts will put you right to sleep.
March 30, 2019
Though its startling shifts in tone sometimes seem unmotivated, this dark yet syrupy 1998 romance has an adolescent charm.
March 30, 2019
Though the tale is not without its charms, its spell is repeatedly broken by the random pace and tone.
March 30, 2019
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.
June 18, 2012
Bullock brings the needed tone of credibility to Practical Magic, while Kidman delivers excitement and unpredictability.
June 7, 2019
It may be quirky, bizarre and in some places very clunky, but Practical Magic deserves a second chance.
March 30, 2019
Unfortunately, this is The Witches of Eastwick with its humour and sizzle removed.
March 30, 2019
Filming in a golden-syrupy light, Dunne seems to have little ambition beyond making his stars look adorable (not tricky) and hoping we'll have forgotten most of The Witches of Eastwick.
March 30, 2019
[An] inane and insipid effort beset by ponderous plotting.
March 30, 2019
Essentially a sibling soap-opera with a dash of mumbo-jumbo.
March 30, 2019
Practical Magic has its flaws. Some scenes are weak, occasionally lines are a little muddled, and there is some plot underdevelopment. Yet it is daring and fun.
March 30, 2019
Without a consistent tone or any real measure of emotional consistency, Practical Magic occasionally manages to bubble, but it's barely worth the toil and trouble.
March 30, 2019
Bullock and Kidman are both wonderful actresses, and watching them for two hours could never be called a chore. But even they seem to have trouble pinning the movie down.
March 30, 2019
Practical Magic has little chemistry and less movie magic.
March 30, 2019
However many stories the movie tries to tackle from Alice Hoffman's original novel, the moments that have lived beyond Practical Magic's expected expiration date celebrate sisterhood with a fierce heart and love that blazes across cities.
March 30, 2019
It tootles along being cute... but to further its notions of sisterhood and the power of women, it also takes a spin through Thelma And Louise territory, then revisits The Exorcist to up the supernatural content. It's enough to make your head spin.
March 30, 2019
As witch movies go -- even lighthearted, supposedly comic witch movies -- Practical Magic is conspicuously lacking in supernatural phenomena.
March 30, 2019
Mind-boggling miscalculations strangle this adaptation of Alice Hoffman's popular novel before it can find its feet.
December 27, 2010
Uneven adaptation of lyrical novel.
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