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Something Wicked This Way Comes Reviews

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Nick Rogers
November 14, 2013
Even amidst readily apparent imperfections, "Wicked" still holds a melancholy grip. That's because its supernatural elements are really but a grace note to the symphony of its everyday drama, whose elegant, elegiac qualities have diminished little.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Vaux
May 14, 2013
Along with The Watcher in the Woods, it may be Disney's only honest-to-God effort to tell us a horror story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 10, 2009
The plot concerns a mysterious carnival outside a small town in the early 1900s that grants the wishes of the town's citizens, with dark consequences.
Shane Burridge
August 4, 2008
WICKED needs to be viewed as a different kind of film
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Emanuel Levy
August 3, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
September 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A lively, entertaining tale combining boyishness and grown-up horror in equal measure.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
November 3, 2003
Bradbury's tale connects fear and dread to concupiscent desire and disordered regret — fantasies of wealth or women, preoccupation with lost beauty or physical ability.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rebecca Murray
July 31, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 7, 2003
Two or three chilling scenes make up for the periodic patches of dead air.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 5, 2002
Moments of genuine creepiness
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
July 26, 2002
Elicits a brand of fright that can only be experienced in childhood nightmares. It's the ultimate adult rendition of a child's worst fears.
| Original Score: 4/5
Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
February 23, 2016
Book-based '80s movie about an evil carnival is scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
March 10, 2009
The property was snapped up by Disney, which promptly sucked the life out of it, turning it into a scrubbed and innocuous coming-of-age tale. Too bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
March 10, 2009
Possibilities for a dark, child's view fantasy set in rural America of yore are visible throughout the $20 million production but various elements have not entirely congealed into a unified achievement.
Cole Smithey
February 21, 2008
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
August 26, 2006
Try as I might to get into this movie, based on the classic Ray Bradbury tale, I've found myself blocked by its off-putting ways.
| Original Score: 3/5
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