Reviews for The Witches ( ) 720p

IMDB: 6.7 / 10

Brilliant with positive messages....

Great acting and as a 75 year old, loved it! Scary at times, humorous at times and would recommend it to everyone, young and old!

Good fun for the family

Wow - there's a lot of hate here.Just took my family to watch the movie in the cinema (after almost a year due to covid lockdown) and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Good little scares for my kids.I am a huge fan of the book and the original movie.This was a good retelling from a differnet lense, my kids are now curious and want to read the book. All in all good outing and good encouragement to spend more hours with the book.

Completely Pointless

This was one of the most pointless remakes i have ever seen. It just takes away from the original and that is not what you want when you are making a remake.

Like i was looking forward to seeing the hotel in this film. The original hotel was so iconic to me, it just really stuck with me and when i watched it was like like i really want to go to this fabulous hotel on the cost in the UK. This hotel looked so bad, i honestly think it was CGI. It looked fake, like all the exterior shots looked like it was a CGI hotel.

Speaking of CGI, there is so much in this film and it just looks stupid. They lean so heavy on it. The original uses make up and animatronics so well and it just works to make the film seem more rooted in our word and just more pleasing to look at. I also think it is incredibly lazy to just CGI. That word pretty much sums up this movie.

The acting was fine apart from Anne who was chewing up the scenery like it was going out of fashion. She was the best part of the move i guess. Well her costumes were to be honest. But they even used CGI in her costumes!! It was infuriating. Her accent was absolutely horrible tho. She should have just used her normal accent.

I would say you could defiantly skip this one. Just watch the original.

Perfect for the family

If you want to enjoy a movie with your family, ?? do not hesitate, ignore the bad reviews, and I am sure you will have a fantastic time, it is an enjoyable one, and you see the joy on the kids face.

Very good movie to enjoy. Great Remake!

I enjoyed this movie. Won't win awards, but still a good remake . If you read all the negative reviews they are mostly from those who think one race or color can do abetter job and question the cast. Who cares!! Watch it, smile, enjoy and go on with your lives! Don't rate a movie lower because a character is not of the race in the original or what YOU wanted. The rest reviewers who are asking why the movie was even made? Here's the truth about those nonsense reviews, MOST of them did NOT watch the movie so their reviews are biased and inappropriate. Nothing wrong with remakes and this is a great story to remake. It's a kid's movie, but we see old angry folks sitting behind a keyboard and trashing a good story.

Is the movie, the best ever 10/10 Well, not really... Is it good? Yes it is! Is the movie better than the original( I watched the original 3 times)? No it is not,but it has a great flare and spins. It a nice refresh and a story you want to experience again. Not to mention the fact, millenials often don't want to see 30-year old movies and they would connect better. So if you are 50, and angry, it is YOU who is a problem. Young teens really enjoyed this one and the actors they like. It's as simple as that so take it easy!! It's a great story and I was delighted to see another angle of it. That is all. It was cool to see how the creators of the 2020 changed it.

PS. Anne did a great job in the movie. She is a shining star anything she does. Chris was ok in his narration, but I am not sure he was even needed.

Too political for kids movie !

This film has too many messages and signs of racism present. I don't recommend this adaptation of the Roald Dahl story at all for the lack of creativity and political messages present. I prefer the 1990 classic family film. Skip this new adaptation!

Not as bad as all that.

Found it enjoyable both times we've seen it. It's over the top at times, but it's fun and we all loved it.

Ignore the grouches, it's just good fun!

An awful lot of grumpy reviewers here.. Yes it's animation is a bit Stuart little/cartoony, and Anne Hathaway's accent is all over Europe.. but as remakes go it's well thought out and just plain Dahl-esque magical fun!

I really enjoyed the 60's Deep South reimagining of where the story is set, and octavia spencer is always good as a sagely and wise older figure. The story is similar enough to be considered a remake, but the minor differences keep it interesting!

It's been given the Hollywood treatment for sure, so it's far glossier/more polished than the original, but having just watched them back to back, unless it's just nostalgia you're after, then that's no bad thing I promise.

Overall the quality of the story itself shines through, and if you just want to have some fun watching it then you will certainly do just that.

If you're looking to review it for Oscar-worthiness then maybe reassess your expectations, chill out and grab a drink. It's a fantasy film people. Let the fantasy breathe!

Anne Hathaway is not the only one killing this movie

The Grand High Witch is killing it. but seriously, she's terrible.From the start on, with the weird Chris Rock voice-over, this remake goes wrong wherever it can wrong. The acting is stiff, the focus is hardly on all the other witches, the CGI is not good. Even the housekeeping cart seems to come from the CGI box. Positive thing: Octavia Spencer is doing her best to be a genuine grandmother, and she succeeds, but that's about it.OK, yes, I am a fan of the 1990 movie. Even though it wasn't as close to the original story, I really can't believe Roald Dahl would recognize his book in this mess. The first movie was gorgeous in it's authenticity. It has folklore, it has an edge, it has a heart. This is Hollywood factory work and seems to want to be much more than it can deliver. It made me miss much more than the purple glow in the witches eyes. It made me want to just throw up like a witch who smells children.I'm not saying you shouldn't watch it. I am sure that an entire generation who never grew up with the original will disagree, but to me, this is like cursing in a church. It's horrible.

Incredibly bad

This adaptation was nothing like the original. The special effects for the witches mouths were incredibly bad as well as Anne Hathaway's accent. 10/10 would not recommend wasting your time watching!

A CGI driven bore.

"The Witches" misses opportunities and makes me wonder why director Robert Zemeckis continues to make mediocre films. Take a break, Zemeckis.

In this fantasy film set in 1968 Alabama, an orphaned young boy stumbles across a conference of witches while staying with his grandmother at a hotel. Based on the book by Roald Dahl.

Aside from fun performances from Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer, "The Witches" relies too much on CGI, which in my opinion is making movies worse with every use. What happened to getting a real cat in a movie? Is it really about animal rights or more because Hollywood doesn't want to train an animal to sit on Anne Hathaway's forearm? Chris Rock as the narrator was a nice touch and the highlight of the film. Overall, I think Robert Zemeckis should take a break from making movies to find his groove again, because right now it's getting tired.

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Different yes but missing key things imo

Yes you'll always have the the original movie or book were superior crowd no matter what but you have to give a movie a chance to be good, this falls short in a few ways imo. Firstly way too much too much attention is paid into the special effects without much focus on anything else.

My gripes, the grandma, she's very cold at the start, doesn't fill you with the same sense of comfort the original grandma in the 1st mobiedid.

Brunos parents, in the original movie you had a bit of dialogue from the father which gave you a sense of what type of person he is, this movie basically did nothing to create any type of other characters apart from the main ones

The hotel manager, in the original movie he was a bit of a snivelling stuck up so and so whos character you started to hate but he redeemed himself at the end, in this one the manager just looks confused and has no redeeming qualities at all

All in all a disappointment, the original set itself as a very dark childrens film where as this one was more focused on trying to be too dark than actually being so and just looked comedic at gimes, a shame because the story itself has so much potential

The Witches should have stayed in the 90s

Just watched the remake of Roald Dahl's The Witches. It had so much potential but unfortunately falls flat with its over use of awful CGI effects. One for the kiddies but if you're a fan of the original classic, stick to it. Not even Anne and her terrible accent could save this toned down version!

Cheap and tacky movie !

This film is a snooze and looks cheap and poorly made. Acting is bad and mediocre. Don't recommend it at all!

Nothing here but eye candy

This film is barley considered a movie... nothing more than eye candy. The film is not engaging enough for kids and not Sophisticated enough for adults. Not sure what audience it targets. Too main stream and actually kind of boring at parts! Don't recommend at all!


The original was better. They should of just left this movie alone all together

Not fit to fill Anjelica Huston and Anne Lambton's square-ended shoes

I wanted to like this, the original adaption is one of my favourite films since first watching it as a child, however, this remake is a low budget CGI fest with cartoonish characters that rob the film of any potential to be scary or sinister. Forgettable with zero kindertrauma, they should have left it alone.


I just don't get it??? Why do producers think it's a good idea to re-make an already fabulous movie????? WHY???? Why not remake a movie that should have been good and wasn't!?

People Need to Be Smarter

Why do I say "people need to be a little smarter"?.... because it is a remake by Robert Zemeckis. I LOVE Robert Zemeckis (we share a birthday and he's a great storyteller fun fact, also sharing a birthday with George Lucas). There was nothing wrong with the original, however technology gives you a little more room to play with the execution of the storytelling. None the less, a lot of the 1 star ratings were simply because the leads were black? Seriously, it was compared over 4 times to a 'what if' a historically black film was revised with an all white cast. Which is extremely demonstrative of their ignorance because that has already been done with a lot of literature and black characters. As well as people stating this is a "political" remake, when no one really thinks that until you factor in their own insecurities of having minorities in leading roles. Anyway, I don't love Anne Hathaway... her acting was a little much, but that may have been how the director wanted it played. No one can really recreate that Anjelica Houston portrayal but she does it in her own way which is what an actress is supposed to do. It's just a bit distracting from the story. Overall a great FAMILY film. One person did say "it wasn't as scary as I remembered it as a kid". Which I agree with, but you may not realize that fear as an adult. Seeing those feet, mouths and claws may be more of an impact for a child, or it may have purposefully been made kid friendlier. Because I was 4ish when the original came out and I couldn't sit through it I remember being terrified. that also may be the difference between CGI and practical effects. Still a great watch, people who rated it poorly where looking for an updated remake without it being "updated". It's not a transformer movie it's a Roald Dahl adaption. I and a lot of people can feel apart of the story now with a lead character portrayed by people of color.

What a piece of garbage

What the F... is Going on? Im a norwegian, and one of the best things about the original, is that the beginning is set in norway. Bergen. The story about the girl in the painting. Dahl had norwegian parents, so i really love the beginning of the original.

Why do the keep making terrible remakes of really good movies? The make up in the original is far surperior to the terrible CGI in this movie. If you check out the drawings in the book, the Grand witch is way off in this movie. The CGI is more like the Scorpion King.

That someone in the comments gave this movie 7-10 is just nuts. So incredible bad