Gretel & Hansel

critic Reviews

65% Fresh Tomatometer Score65%
  • Gretel & Hansel's rich visuals satisfy, even if this adaptation of a classic fairytale gets a little lost in the woods on the storytelling front.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    On the plus side, this has very striking production design and impressive cinematography... [But] it's bleak where it should be intense. It's stylish, but not very scary.
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    William BibbianiTheWrap
    It's got 'cult movie' written all over it [...] and audiences who tune into its unusual wavelength will no doubt be grateful for such a beautiful, frightening, intelligent new venture into an age-old nightmare.
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    Mark KennedyAssociated Press
    "Gretel & Hansel" is as visually arresting as it is tedious, a 90-minute movie that really should have been a three-minute music video for Marilyn Manson or Ozzy Osbourne.
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    Kimber MyersLos Angeles Times
    While [Perkins] offers a stunning feast for the eyes, the substance is likely to leave viewers still hungry.
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    Jeannette CatsoulisNew York Times
    Essentially the story of a young woman coming into her power, "Gretel & Hansel" is quietly sinister, yet too underdeveloped to truly scare.
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    Andrew BarkerVariety
    And for all of the care that went into its look and its sound, the world of the film never feels more than halfway formed; in the rush to tie up its narrative loose ends, it leaves its more intriguing thematic ones hanging.
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    Murjani RawlsSubstream Magazine
    Despite its slow spots, Gretel & Hansel is a refreshing and visually inventive spin on a very old tale that cautions perception and things that lie beneath the surface.
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    Jonathon WilsonReady Steady Cut
    You know where all this is going - or perhaps you don't, I suppose, but you won't be particularly impressed when it gets there either way.
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    Caitlin KennedyNightmarish Conjurings
    The entirety of the film is built on a tension as delicious as the witch's sweets.
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    Julio Fernando NavasCinema Ecuador
    Aside from the mildly femenist aspect, there's not much to hightlight about this new adaptation from director Oz Perkins. [Full review in spanish]
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