Practical Magic Reviews

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September 28, 2010
A bad sign when the only female in the creative process is Swicord
July 3, 2010
...applies a layer of Hollywood gloss, sentimentality, and hyperbole to the proceedings.
July 12, 2008
If nothing else, the screenwriters deserve recognition for the nerve it took to employ what must be the most outrageously lazy writer's device in the history of cinema.
September 22, 2007
Has something to annoy just about everyone: feminists of either gender, Wiccans, or just people expecting a good movie.
October 30, 2006
June 24, 2006
This is a film with neither heart nor mind. Adapted from Alice Hoffman's bestseller, it substitutes set pieces for drama and music for dialogue.
May 26, 2006
Not a great movie, and not even a particularly good movie. But it was my 30th birthday movie, and I saw it with my wife in Manhattan, so it will always be kind of special.
December 31, 2005
An absolute waste of time.
July 21, 2005
Kidman and Bullock seem to be having fun with this, especially in the scenes where the practice of witchcraft, not an everyday thing to either of them, becomes desperate and, you know, icky.
April 9, 2005
Never mind comparing it to the book. There is no comparison.
September 7, 2004
May 14, 2003
Romantic, entertaining and a trifle spooky, this one screams date movie.
February 8, 2003
If you're interested in a fun, romantic romp through the world of witchery, Griffin Dunne's Practical Magic is a serviceable piece of fluff.
June 5, 2002
Spirited performances conjure mostly enjoyable results, though it's not the devilish fun it could have been.
April 12, 2002
A bunch of pointy hats in search of a transporting broomstick.
March 24, 2002
Griffin Dunne's cunningly crafted romp bears only slight resemblance to Alice Hoffman's romantic novel, but its wry humor and lush imagery make for a fun, feel-good movie just in time for Halloween.
March 5, 2002
The movie is certainly easy to watch. But without any single overriding dramatic motor to guide it, this prettiness soon becomes repetitive and ultimately irksome.
March 12, 2001
Hocus pocus without focus.
February 27, 2001
An anemic supernatural black comedy.
February 27, 2001
Lively acting, eye-catching cinematography, and funny dialogue lift this fantasy a notch above the average until love-story cliches and horror-movie shocks bog it down in the second half.
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