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. — (C) Paramount









Film information

Genre: , , ,
Starring: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Release date: Jan 25, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language
Official website:
Runtime: 88 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 42
    The A.V. Club - by Tasha Robinson
    The grim heroes don't have a nuance or more than a hint of emotion between them, and the same goes for the film around them. more

  • 42
    Entertainment Weekly - by Keith Staskiewicz
    An intermittently fun, but overexcited and predictable mish-mash. more

  • 40
    Total Film - by Josh Winning
    Though it gives good splat and the scenery’s to die for, Hansel & Gretel gets just about everything wrong. Hammy, boring, chronically unfunny - there’ll be nightmares before bedtime. more

  • 40
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    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. more

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Stephen Farber
    The film is smart enough not to wear out its welcome. But that's the only sign of true intelligence in this juvenile caper. more

  • 40
    Variety - by Andrew Barker
    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. ...

  • 30
    The New York Times - by Neil Genzlinger
    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. ...

  • 30
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    If the similarly situated "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" took itself too seriously, the problem with Hansel & Gretel is that it doesn't quite take itself seriously enough - which sounds insane, but it's not too much to ask that the movie go beyond its one and only joke. Instead, amid all the fake Sturm und Drang, all we hear is the movie giggling to itself. more

  • 25
    New York Observer - by Rex Reed
    In an age of zombies, werewolves and oversexed vampires, teens won't be shaking in their Uggs over ugly women with bad teeth flying around on brooms, and with its graphic depictions of tortures, mutilations, gang rapes and myriad examples of child abuse, it's no longer a fairy tale suitable for children. more

  • 25
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    The film can't be accused of taking itself seriously. Shot in 3-D, with lots of choppy action, a rudimentary plot, and plenty of CGI-shape-shifting, it comes in at a brisk, disposable 88 minutes. more

  • 25
    The Playlist - by Katie Walsh
    Not only is not even a single character more than one-dimensional, but every line falls flatter than a witch dispatched with a Gatling gun. more

  • 25
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    This genre stew throws in so many ingredients - including sundry body parts that are cut off and go flying, and heads that explode - that the result is a tasteless mash-up that's hard to stomach. more

  • 20
    The Guardian - by Peter Bradshaw
    This movie is a case in point. It's a film which is so demeaningly bad, so utterly without merit, that there is a kind of purity in its awfulness. There is a Zen mastery in producing a film which nullifies the concept of pleasure. more

  • 20
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    No stranger to one-joke premises, writer-director Tommy Wirkola (of 2009's Nazi-zombie "classic" "Dead Snow") populates this frenzied horror-satire with tons of incoherently staged bloodletting and f-bomb–accentuated kiss-off lines. It's a grim fairy tale, all right. more

  • 11
    Austin Chronicle - by Kimberley Jones
    In his English-language debut, Wirkola dabbles in everything but commits to nothing, making for an unmemorable brew best left untasted. more

  • 10
    Village Voice - by Stephanie Zacharek
    The Brothers Grimm may have come up with some cruel, weird material in their day, but they'd never condone actor abuse like this. more

  • 10
    Los Angeles Times - by Robert Abele
    What galls is that 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. more

  • 0
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    What to say about this lame-brained, limp dick attempt to update a classic Brothers Grimm tale into an f-bomb throwing vomit-inducing 3D franchise? I say, screw the damn thing and run the other way. more

  • 0
    Slant Magazine - by Calum Marsh
    Tommy Wirkola's film suggests A Knight's Tale as penned by Seth MacFarlane. more

  • 0
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    An exceedingly dull and stillborn attempt to update the Brothers Grimm. more

Hollywood's current obsession with rebooting fairy tales has only been going on for a short while, compared with the decade-plus of superhero movies flying in and out of theaters. But it's already sta...
-www.ew.comRead More
When they were too little to be left on their own, that's exactly what their father (Thomas Scharff) did, taking them deep into the woods in the dead of night with the full knowledge of their mother...
-www.reelingreviews.comRead More
Movie images
User Comments & Reviews

  1. Amrita

    This movie was pretty kickass!! I love Jeremy Renner and could not wait to see this! Let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint!!!