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Nora Ephron directed and co-wrote this updated adaptation of a classic situation comedy that also casts a satirical eye on the entertainment industry. Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) is a movie star whose career has been going into a slow and steady decline. Desperate for a project that will give his reputation a jump start, Jack agrees to star in a film version of the once-popular television series Bewitched as hapless hubby Darrin Stephens, under the condition that an unknown actress be cast as the female lead so he won't be upstaged. After auditioning dozens of women who fail to make the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By the tepid ending, the movie appears to have been sedated."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"If it lost every bad idea, miscast actor, wasted performance, and botched scene, nothing would be left but the end credits."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"A minor comeback for Nora Ephron...Ferrell and Kidman make the most of the formulaic plot..."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"With "Bewitched," Nicole Kidman's career slips down yet another rung after her recent cinematic mishaps with "The Stepford Wives" and "Birth.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Has some hilarious moments, mostly thanks to Will Ferrell's zany slapstick, mugging, and other antics."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"Despite the intriguing set-up, formula proves as hard a habit for Ephron to kick as magic is for Isabel."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"The rabbit that's pulled out of the hat is lifeless."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The set-up for the story requires the audience be aware they are actually watching a remake of Bewitched at all times. It gets points for being an interesting and different idea for a television remake, but the metatextuality can be off-putting."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"There may be special effects aplenty here, but precious little magic."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Film4
"As good as some of the gags are, however, they might have fallen flat if performed by lesser talents."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"What the hell is Will Ferrell doing to his career?"
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture
"What this revival needs is a good kick in the pants. And that Ephron and friends lack the low cunning to deliver."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"A stupid pompous waste of money and talent..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The Ephrons have an easy way with the romantic-comedy genre."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Had it stuck to the ground rules it laid out early on, it would've made sense."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
More reviews for Bewitched on Rotten Tomatoes

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