Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

This Disney film, set in wartime England, stars Angela Lansbury as a would-be witch who hopes to use her newly-acquired conjuring powers to forestall a Nazi invasion. Saddled with three surly kids who've been evacuated from London,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 11, 1971
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's more sophisticated than the usual run of Disney product, but it lacks the inventiveness that could endow it with genuine charm.

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Time Out

Must all films for kids be so shoddy, though? The music is appalling.

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Dustin Putman

[Blu-ray Review] Some movies from childhood hold up when they are seen as an adult, and others do not, trapped only in the nostalgia of the time in which they were first watched. Recommended for fans, but temper expectations.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

The fantasy is earthbound, the score by Richard and Robert Sherman (who also wrote music and lyrics for Mary Poppins) is forgettable, the special effects lackadaisical.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

I suspect the movie will be something of a long, uninterrupted sit for the very children for whom it's intended, and an even longer one for those parents and guardians (both adults and teen-age) who will probably accompany them.

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Emanuel Levy

Disney's multi-Oscar nominated musical is not as good as Mary Poppins to which it's often compared, but Angela Lansbury is well-cast and most of the visual effects, which won the Oscar, are impressive.

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Variety Staff

It is when the film [based on the book by Mary Norton] dives deeply into the realms of fantasy that it is most enjoyable.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Disney organization is worst when it makes "family entertainment" and best when it sticks to pure, simple, charming fantasy.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A fun, fairly intelligent, unexpectedly witty example of cinema for children at a time when that genre was at one of its lowest-ever ebbs

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An uneven, overlong and sometimes dull Disney movie that tries to follow in the footsteps of Mary Poppins, the main difference being that none of the songs is… More
Bethany Murphy
A childhoold favourite and a classic.
Alex roy
Enjoyable, but not perfect Disney Live action feature, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a bit of a letdown considering that Mary Poppins was such a wonderful film.… More
Aj V
A good kids movie, not great, but I think kids will enjoy it.
Lady D'arbanville
A fun adventure, with what was probably quite an impressive mix in 1971 of animation and Actors combined. Very drawn out and very dated now, although the… More
erika bruhns
I really liked plot and music in this film. Also the acting was really good.