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 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.
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 12, 2002
A bunch of pointy hats in search of a transporting broomstick.
February 14, 2001
Even at today's inflated ticket prices, a two-for-one witch offer like this should be a bargain. So, why isn't it? Why does Practical Magic, with its big stars and major studio movie budget, feel like a sitcom with the air let out of it?
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