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Film REVIEW: The Witches (2020) - ★★★

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Robert Zemeckis, Kenya Barris, Guillermo Del Toro

based on: The Witches by Roald Dahl

Stars: Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Jahzir Bruno.

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Themes: Witch, Based on novel, Witchcraft

A young boy and his grandmother have a run-in with a coven of witches and their leader.

It is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl and is the second feature-length adaptation of the novel.

The film received mixed reviews from critics, who mostly praising the performances and visuals but criticized its script, deeming it inferior to Nicolas Roeg's first film despite being more faithful to the book.


Daniel (Age 12) - ★★

"This was an ok movie.

It was pretty boring and the acting was mediocre and it was not scary. My favourite character was the gran because she was nice, kind and funny.

Overall this was an ok family movie but apart from that’s it’s bad."

Euan (Age 11) - ★★★★★

"I liked the design of the witches and how in the end he doesn't become human again and stays a mouse. I also liked at the end he gives all the kids a bottle of formula-86 to turn all the witches into mice using the address book they stole from the Grand High Witch."

Mix Up Rating: ★★★

Top Movies: #412

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Like this? Try these!....

  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - #33 - ★★★★★

  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) - #132 - ★★★★

  3. Shrek 2 (2004) - #166 - ★★★★

  4. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) - #482 - ★★★

  5. Finding Nemo (2003) - #484 - ★★★

  6. The Witches (1990) - #526 - ★★★

  7. The Little Mermaid (1989) - #557 - ★★★

  8. Zootropolis (2016) - #681 - ★★★

  9. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) - #726 - ★★

  10. Around the World in 80 Days (2004) - '#794 -

There's some fantastic female villains in kids movies including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Shrek 2, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid and of course the first adaptation of The Witches. For more successful Roald Dahl adaptations try Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Octavia Spencer lends vocals to animal filled Zootropolis. For less successful book adaptations there's Pirates! Band of Misfits and Around the World in 80 Days.

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