The Witch Reviews

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July 9, 2019
The biggest magic The Witch has to offer is making 93 minutes feel like the rest of your natural life.
May 31, 2019
Rather than try to establish any tension, Eggers prefers to utilize poor jump scares sporadically between artfully composed shots, all of which amounts to little.
November 3, 2018
All of the strained stabs at supernatural ambiguity feel soulless. While certain visuals are undeniably frightening, most of the film fails to incite the kind of visceral sense of helplessness associated with the best horror films.
August 22, 2018
"The Witch" is an artistically striking film - it's truly a visual work of art. Unfortunately, it just couldn't decide if it was a psychological or paranormal horror film.
November 20, 2017
It's only when the family's livestock become involved that cracks appear in the earnest surface. I haven't cackled so much since the satanic goat in Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell.
November 18, 2017
That the film climaxes with an inexplicable change of heart for a major character (or was it a reveal? It's impossible to tell for sure) suggests that Eggers may have taken from one too many sources to patch this thing together.
August 21, 2017
The Witch wants to be jump-out-and-scare-ya scary in addition to being dreadful-scary, but it's not.
August 14, 2017
There are more interesting ways to explore how afraid we are of girl sexuality and how god-fearing Christians can use their faith for destruction.
December 27, 2016
The film starts with wordy wittering and ends by trying to woo our shrieks -- from Arthur Miller to Dennis Wheatley in the shortest time possible between two blunt points.
June 21, 2016
If you aren't a fan of Witchcraft based horror films, this isn't going to change your mind. At times confusing, creepy, and has brief spurts of over the top bloodletting. I left wondering, what did I just watch?
May 16, 2016
The Witch does an excellent job in establishing its 1630s New England setting, but when it comes to the film's storyline, it's never quite able to reach the compelling and disturbing heights that writer/director Robert Eggers strives for.
April 6, 2016
This is a super dark and depressing story. Though it is well acted, and it does have some emotional power, I would not recommend that anyone spend money to see this movie that tries to have its supernatural cake, and fake reality too.
March 10, 2016
The problem is that the craft and artistry are just too laboured and foregrounded.
March 10, 2016
The best moments are early on.
March 2, 2016
A movie that looks great, builds immense atmosphere and then allows it all to putter out well before we are even close to reaching any significant momentum.
February 20, 2016
By pulling back the curtain and revealing the presence of the supernatural, The Witch ruins what could have been a stunning examination of the roots of why young women like Thomasin were accused of sorcery.
February 20, 2016
I would prefer seeing a failed attempt at something different than a regurgitation of every modern horror trope. Yet The Witch proves unable to capitalize on being different.
February 19, 2016
The Witch is wrapped up in its own views of religion, of sin, of feminine power, but more than anything else, it is wrapped up in itself.
February 19, 2016
A drama marketed as a horror movie, The Witch is sober, intelligent and not at all the kind of eerie creepshow its poster suggests.
February 19, 2016
This is like watching -- in the biblical sense -- a King James version of a horror movie. It's getting critical raves but it made me want to go home and take a shower.
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