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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

MPAA Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes (88 minutes)

Rated R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language.

Genres: Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Horror

Eighty-eight

Minutes

Of

Trash.

2 out of 5

Audience Ratings for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

54.0%
24 Ratings
1 2 3 4 5
hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell-bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches... their past.

Critics Reviews for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

5 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 19 | Positive Review: 1 | Negative Review: 18 | Average Rating: 1.6/5

If this long-delayed and blatantly pandering CGI malarkey is anything to go by, Hollywood's current craze for fairy tales isn't going to have a happy ending.

February 5, 2013 Full Review
Tom Charity
Tom Charity
CNN.com

There isn't much to this beyond the poorly staged, rapidly edited violence; the witches, all but devoid of backstory, are basically canvasses for cartoon splatter.

February 4, 2013 Full Review
Ben Sachs
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The movie settles for showers of gore with intermittent moments of spoofiness.
Critic Score: 1/4

February 4, 2013 Full Review
Liam Lacey
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The whole kidding trope, which you can bet was ordered by McKay and Ferrell, is pretty lame, and defeats the leads' attempts to bring shadings to cardboard cartoon characters.

February 4, 2013 Full Review
Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

At least it puts forth a sound message: Kids, avoid overdoing it on sweets -- especially candy that doubles as drywall.
Critic Score: 1/4

February 4, 2013 Full Review
Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today

Eighty-eight minutes of trash.

February 4, 2013 Full Review
Bruce Diones
New Yorker

I doubt that they had Strike Anywhere matches in the 14th century, and I'm pretty sure nobody said things like "Whatever happens, stay cool."
Critic Score: 1/4

January 30, 2013 Full Review
Rex Reed
New York Observer

What on Earth are Renner and Arterton doing in this godforsaken thing?

January 29, 2013 Full Review
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

Wirkola tears through "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" with such giddy abandon, it ends up being splattery fanboy fun. Preposterous, clearly, but fun.
Critic Score: 3/4

January 26, 2013 Full Review
Tom Russo
Boston Globe

For all the perspiration in jazzing up an old yarn, there's not a whiff of originality in how Wirkola engages with the perverse pleasures enshrined by the Grimm brothers, two of their era's shrewdest storytellers.
Critic Score: 1.5/5

January 26, 2013 Full Review
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

There isn't much swashbuckling chemistry between Mr. Renner and Ms. Arterton, and the script doesn't give them enough of the witty lines that can elevate these types of movies to must-see status ...
Critic Score: 2/5

January 26, 2013 Full Review
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

A rarely funny spoof that's heavy on bone-crushing and blood-gushing.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

January 25, 2013 Full Review
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The movie has been sitting on the shelf for a while, and like, say, a house of candy you might find in the woods, it's gotten a bit stale.
Critic Score: C-

January 25, 2013 Full Review
Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly

This may be the longest 90 minutes you ever spend in a theater. You've been warned.
Critic Score: 0/4

January 25, 2013 Full Review
Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Even if he's slumming, Renner gets it best: his dry delivery fully acknowledges the movie's ridiculousness. If you're planning on entering this fractured fairy tale, you'll want to follow his lead.
Critic Score: 2/5

January 25, 2013 Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

While the film rarely provokes any strenuous eye-rolling, it also can't drum up even the slightest interest in the fate of its characters, let alone suspense.

January 25, 2013 Full Review
Andrew Barker
Variety

The film isn't funny enough for comedy or scary enough for horror, and the anachronisms are ludicrous.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

January 25, 2013 Full Review
Peter Howell
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Lots of anachronisms and tongue-in-cheek dialogue establish the spoofy nature of this violent venture. All that's missing is a genuine sense of wit.

January 25, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

An exceedingly dull and stillborn attempt to update the Brothers Grimm.
Critic Score: 0/4

January 25, 2013 Full Review
Lou Lumenick
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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