Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) and his mysterious carnival comes to a small, Midwestern town and proceeds to grant wishes to the locals, but it would seem there is a catch. This adaptation of Ray Bradbury's fantastic tale of the supernatural… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Possibilities for a dark, child's view fantasy set in rural America of yore are visible throughout the $20 million production but various elements have not entirely congealed into a unified achievement.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A lively, entertaining tale combining boyishness and grown-up horror in equal measure.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The property was snapped up by Disney, which promptly sucked the life out of it, turning it into a scrubbed and innocuous coming-of-age tale. Too bad.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The plot concerns a mysterious carnival outside a small town in the early 1900s that grants the wishes of the town's citizens, with dark consequences.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Even amidst readily apparent imperfections, "Wicked" still holds a melancholy grip. That's because its supernatural elements are really but a grace note to the symphony of its everyday drama, whose elegant, elegiac qualities have diminished little.

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Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews

WICKED needs to be viewed as a different kind of film

Time Out

Ultimately, though, it's an uneasy blend of horror and whimsy, with the allegory being hammered a little too hard for comfort. It's also marred by some dreadfully tacky special effects and set designs.

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Rob Vaux
Mania.com

Along with The Watcher in the Woods, it may be Disney's only honest-to-God effort to tell us a horror story.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Try as I might to get into this movie, based on the classic Ray Bradbury tale, I've found myself blocked by its off-putting ways.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
I'm sure Something Wicked This Way Comes would have worked on me had I seen it at the proper age, but unfortunately I didn't. The film isn't… More
Sarah Prisbylla
It starts off creepy and seems like there is a lot of potential, but it kind of just goes downhill from there.
Thomas Johnston
Cute movie in the company of "The Lady in White" and "Stand By Me". Buddies deal with a mysterious carnival that visits town. I was… More
Quinto Wallight
I'm not surprised that this movie managed scare me, since Disney does have an excellent track record of traumatizing the shit out of me - I just wish the… More
Luke Baldock
Very dark. Very disturbing. I think Disney was very depressed in the 80's. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a mixed bag of brilliance and boredom. When… More
Marion Ravenwood
Great creepy scenes and story. The ending of the film is a bit mashed together, but I can forgive it. Awesome!