Gretel & Hansel

critic Reviews

62% Fresh Tomatometer Score62%
  • Gretel & Hansel's rich visuals satisfy, even if this adaptation of a classic fairytale gets a little lost in the woods on the storytelling front.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Linda CookQuad City Times (Davenport, IA)
    This is grim, brother.
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    Oktay Ege KozakPaste Magazine
    The film thrives within a dream-logic vibe, especially in Olivares' cinematography, with its heavy emphasis on symmetrical framing, stark contast and lush use of yellows and blues, evoking subliminal terror.
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    EJ MorenoFlickering Myth
    A beautiful new arthouse spin on the classic fairytale, this is the first true good horror movie of the new decade
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    Tim BraytonAlternate Ending
    The thick, woodsy production design, the very unsettling fairy tale unreality, and Alice Krige's terrific performance are pretty gratifying.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Josh MartinFilm Inquiry
    Gretel & Hansel is thematically muddled and sluggish, often relying on the splendid production design and score to push things along. It's easy to see what it's trying to accomplish, but the end result feels both disappointing and a tad derivative.
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    M.V. MoorheadPhoenix Magazine
    Stretching the Grimm tale out to feature length required both some padding and a deliberate pace, but there's lots of macabre imagination on display in the picture, and a bit of heart to balance the darkness.
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    Vincent SchillingIndian Country Today
    Gretel and Hansel' is a bizarre and dark version for sure, but also a bit self-serving on the part of the director. Hidden within it all, gorgeous cinematography.
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    Asher LubertoWillamette Week
    Atmosphere is to horror what ingredients are to stew. Without it, audiences would have nothing to chew on, so it's a good thing Gretel & Hansel, the latest adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, is a feast for the eyes.
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    Margot HarrisonSeven Days
    Gretel & Hansel is a trippy twist on Grimm that might have been more effective as a short than a feature, given its relative paucity of plot and world building. But it's bracing to see such an odd film on the big screen.
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    Allen AdamsThe Maine Edge
    [F]or every challenging, provocative moment, there's another bit of formulaic boilerplate. The result is a movie that is wildly uneven and never settles into any kind of real groove.
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