The Witches
The Witches (1990)

A little boy and his kindly grandmother thwart the efforts of a coven of witches to rid Britain of children by turning them into mice.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 16, 1990
DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
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Consensus: With a deliciously wicked performance from Angelica Huston and imaginative puppetry by Jim Henson's creature shop, Nicolas Roeg's dark and witty movie captures the spirit of Roald Dahl's writing like few other adaptations.

Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

There are moments of genuine charm and solid invention, but it`s a film that doesn't believe enough in itself.

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Josh Larsen

...could care less about catering to a child's more delicate sensibilities.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A minor but very enjoyable Nicolas Roeg fairy tale.

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Filled with grotesque witches and mouse stunts, this is a wild fantasy for both children and adults. Harry Potter was never like this.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Ada Calhoun
Austin Chronicle

Based on a Roald Dahl book, Nicholas Roeg's The Witches is a film surprisingly faithful to the creepiness of the original.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I don't understand the high rating most reviewers give this movie. It is a very simple story - witches are bad and kill little children - some kid is… More
EightThirty .
30/10/2010 (TELEVISION)<br/><br/>This is a classic for me, a childhood film that use to scare the crap out of me! I manage to catch this flick… More
Lucas Martins
Intelligent, scary and with a good black comedy. But, maybe not very appropriate for children.
Ken Stachnik
Love love LOVED this move in Elementary school. I had no idea it was Nicholas Roeg!!!!
Aj V
This movie really scared me for some reason when I was a kid, I had nightmares. The weirdest things scare you as a kid, don't they? Anyway, this movie is… More
Jeremy Smith
Butchered Rhol Dhal's great book.