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In Nicolas Roeg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel The Witches, a young boy is vacationing at the seaside with his grandmother when he discovers that the hotel he is staying at is hosting a convention of witches. Eavesdropping on the witches, he learns that the Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) has devised a plan to turn all of the children in England into mice. With creature-effects by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, The Witches was the last film Henson worked on before passing away in 1990. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"It's not a film for small children. But for precocious first-graders with a warped sense of humor and an appetite for chills, thrills and spills, nothing could be better."
‑ Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
"There are moments of genuine charm and solid invention, but it`s a film that doesn't believe enough in itself."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Filled with grotesque witches and mouse stunts, this is a wild fantasy for both children and adults. Harry Potter was never like this."
‑ , Film4
"What a lot of fun is The Witches. A few days before Labor Day, it is safe to say that it`s the most enjoyable movie of the summer."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Deliciously cruel to children, Roeg remains true to Dahl's underlying sense of real horror."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Real darkness seethes beneath the "Once upon a time" surface, mostly due to Henson's seemingly curious selection of the brilliant and audacious Roeg to direct."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"A minor but very enjoyable Nicolas Roeg fairy tale."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Based on a Roald Dahl book, Nicholas Roeg's The Witches is a film surprisingly faithful to the creepiness of the original."
‑ Ada Calhoun, Austin Chronicle
"The scenes of magic and mayhem are peppered with sly surprises, and Anjelica Huston plays the wildest wicked witch since Dorothy got back from Oz."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A wildly entertaining fairy tale."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Witches is a slow-to-get-going but ultimately entertaining yarn about a nasty coven conspiring to turn Britain's entire populace of single-digiters into mice."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The wizardry of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a superbly over-the-top performance by Angelica Huston gives The Witches a good deal of charm and enjoyment."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Roald Dahl's book about a little boy on a seaside holiday who discovers a witches' convention plotting to annihilate children is brilliantly brought to life in this fantasy adventure by director Nicolas Roeg."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"The Witches has an engrossing story populated with many amusing characters."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Some kids will love it, some may find disturbing."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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