Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus (1993)

The people of Salem capture and execute three witches for practicing witchcraft. Before their deaths, they vow to return to Salem 300 years on Halloween to exact their revenge. Three hundred years later, a skeptical, newly transplanted… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 16, 1993
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Harmlessly hokey yet never much more than mediocre, Hocus Pocus is a muddled family-friendly effort that fails to live up to the talents of its impressive cast.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Though children may be satisfied (if the witch stuff doesn't scare them) adults will have a harder time with the by-the-numbers confrontations between the witches and the plucky youths.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Silly but irresistible.

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Jason Cochran
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

They probably should have left this misfire in the broom closet -- with the other wooden vehicles.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune


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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

All things considered, Hocus Pocus is much more entertaining than a pimple-people picture has a right to be.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

This is one of the oddest releases of the summer, and it's hard to imagine it finding a broad audience. With the rather ghoulish deaths of children depicted, it's certainly too strong for very young moviegoers.

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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

Hocus Pocus is harmless, but it's about as much fun as celebrating Mardi Gras under the influence of candy corn.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Hocus Pocus remains a delightful family comedy, spooky but never scary as it romps its merry way through the graveyard.

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TV Guide

Forget amusement parks and hockey teams. It's in movie comedies that Disney is having its real crisis, as evidenced by this would-be laugh-getter that begins with the murder of a child and a triple hanging.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Nothing could match up to the charisma and charm of Midler, Parker & Najimy, but that's ultimately all that was going for the film. Hocus Pocus is a… More
jay nixon
Flat footed wannabe farce that wastes the talents of Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy. Mean spirited and completely lacking any sense of whimsy that could have… More
Alice Shen
Not particularly memorable, scary, funny, or quotable. Floppy-haired Omri Katz is very likable as Max, the skeptic protagonist, and young Thora Birch as his… More
Lucas Martins
Nothing funny or really good. Surely is not for children.
Film Crazy
A gem for those who grew up with this oddly comical movie.
Cassie Hill
Adorable horror romance about obstacles that will stand in the way of you & your girl. Very classy Disney movie :) Have to watch it around Halloween every… More