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Based on the book Matilda, by British children's author Roald Dahl, this film moves the setting from the U.K. to the U.S.; otherwise it follows the original closely. Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent little girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With her sweet-sad face, Mara Wilson is a perfect Matilda."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
"DeVito gleefully preserves Dahl's dark comic tone, which should delight both kids and parents."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The adult performers fare considerably better than the young lead in this faithful adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"Offbeat fantasy gem, but too dark for young kids."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"Slick kids movie that preserves Roald Dahl's gleeful nastiness."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Not awful and certainly not great, Matilda is a strange little flick, but that's not to say your 9-year-old daughter won't get a solid kick out of it."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Dark, beautiful adaptation of Roald Dahl story is uncompromising, entertaining and moving."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
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