Catching up with Hansel and Gretel 15 years after their incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into bounty hunters who hunt witches.









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Release date: Jan 25, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language
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Runtime: 88 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 50
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    The blend of fairy-tale sentiment and knowing irony worked exactly once, in "The Princess Bride," and fails here. But there's enough visual ingenuity - eye candy, if you will - to make this Hansel & Gretel an intermittently tasty temptation. more

  • 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

  • 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
    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. ...

  • 38
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is more Gatling guns and grenades than The Brothers Grimm. more

  • 38
    Washington Post - by Stephanie Merry
    A rarely funny spoof that's heavy on bone-crushing and blood-gushing. ...

  • 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
    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

  • 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. ...

  • 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

  • 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. ...

  • 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

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    It seems I’m in the minority yet again, as I found Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to be a pretty good film. I thought it had a Sam Raimi/Buffy feel to it, am I alone? I thought Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton were great in the title roles, Famke Janssen was a great baddie and Peter Stormare was a nice addition but would have liked to have seen more from him. The Witches were awesome. Scary, classic but with a modern and fresh twist. I really don’t understand the hate for this film, it was never going to be a bloody Oscar winning masterpiece. I ticks all the boxes it promised, it’s gory, a bit scary and it kicks bottom in all the right places. I thought it was great fun! Personally I’d love to see more, especially with the team of four left in the end. Please?