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The Witches (2020)



Critic Consensus: The Witches misses a few spells, but Anne Hathaway's game performance might be enough to bewitch fans of this Roald Dahl tale.

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Reimagining Roald Dahl's beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis's visually innovative "The Witches" tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy (Jahzir Kadeem Bruno) who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma (Octavia Spencer) in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. The boy and his grandmother come across some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, so Grandma wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world's Grand High Witch (Anne Hathaway) has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe--undercover--to carry out her nefarious plans.


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It's hard not to watch Robert Zemeckis and his cast dig back into this story without rooting for a redo that's significantly more special.

November 18, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

All attention is soon claimed by the grand high witch, played at panto scale with non-specific Zsa Zsa accent by Anne Hathaway - a calculated centrepiece in a film frantically trying to please nine different audiences at once.

October 28, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's not all good but it is good fun.

October 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While Dahl's books and Zemeckis' adaptation may feel a touch too dark for some, consider that it's actually shining a light into the shadows.

October 26, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Witches" becomes scary in new and not always fruitful ways. It's rated PG, but trust me, it'll give younger kids the screaming meemees.

October 25, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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You've gotta hand it to [Hathaway]: as the biggest, baddest witch in the land, she's positively bewitching.

October 23, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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