Matilda (1996)

Based on the book Matilda, by British children's author Roald Dahl, this film moves the setting from the U.K. to the U.S.; otherwise it follows the original closely. Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 2, 1996
DVD Release Date: August 5, 1997
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Danny DeVito-directed version of Matilda is odd, charming, and while the movie diverges from Roald Dahl, it nonetheless captures the book's spirit.

Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today

With her sweet-sad face, Mara Wilson is a perfect Matilda.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

DeVito gleefully preserves Dahl's dark comic tone, which should delight both kids and parents.

David N. Butterworth

The adult performers fare considerably better than the young lead in this faithful adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic.

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M. Faust
Common Sense Media

Offbeat fantasy gem, but too dark for young kids.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Slick kids movie that preserves Roald Dahl's gleeful nastiness.

Scott Weinberg

Not awful and certainly not great, Matilda is a strange little flick, but that's not to say your 9-year-old daughter won't get a solid kick out of it.

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Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Dark, beautiful adaptation of Roald Dahl story is uncompromising, entertaining and moving.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
So touching, suspenseful, extreme, and campy! Mara Wilson had such a deep, sage-like voice, and all the recent 20-year reunion pics of the cast are adorbz.
Alex roy
Danny Devito's Matilda is again one of those films that you enjoy when you're young, but once you grow up, you realize that the film isn't what… More
Candy Rose
Heart-warming movie about a girl with magical powers, a family who doesn't want her and a horrible teacher.
Aj V
A fun, humorous, and exciting movie based on a great book. I loved this movie when I was younger, as well as the book. Matilda has at the heart of it a… More
Josh Lewis
A charming and fun children's movie with some nice lead performances. It's nothing that hasn't been done before, but it does everything well… More
Bethany Murphy
A childhood favourite and an absolute classic!