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Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters
This Hansel is not so hot right now

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Fifteen years after their close encounter with that gingerbread house, an all-growed-up Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) are now a pair of full-time witch hunters, roaming the countryside offing black hats.

Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters
Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola’s fun horror, Dead Snow, boded well for what he could do on a studio budget. Yet Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters belies its strong US box office. Having set up candy-house survivors Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as steampunk bounty hunters, it lurches from set-piece to set-piece — and by ‘set-piece’ we mean ‘scene in which there is much running about in the woods’. There are hints of chemistry between the two leads, but Wirkola keeps them mostly separated, trapping them in the hoary roles of manly rescuer and distressed damsel. Just call it Witchfinder Generic.

A lurching misstep from the Dead Snow director.

Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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"The only good witch is a dead witch."

Oddly enough, the one thing that rather sets this film apart from similar fairy tales - that being the excessive amount of gore - is also what sends you away with a bad taste in your mouth. Violent to the last frame (sometimes unpleasantly so), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters suffers from a dull set-up, clunky narrative and prevailing lack of imagination. Its one redeeming quality just might be a sympathetic troll named Edward... and that's not saying a whole lot. ... More

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Posted by movienut707 at 02:57, 04 October 2013 | Report This Post


Well that escalated quickly..... I actually enjoyed the film! ... More

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Posted by ZoeHall at 16:15, 16 July 2013 | Report This Post

You know what. I actually enjoyed it! ... More

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Posted by fatboycheese at 09:55, 30 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: no no no

Utter shite ... More

Posted by CRUNT at 16:04, 08 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: no no no

I thought it was a cool film, but I still think the best version of it I've seen is the Korean one. It has such an original take. Well worth a watch too. ... More

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Posted by FutureProofed85 at 00:24, 11 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: no no no

Nonsense maybe, and visually not too interesting, but a hell of a lot of fun with its tongue firmly in its cheek. Uses 3D as the silly gimmick it is. 6.5/10 ... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 18:52, 07 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: no no no

there wasn't one surprise in this....flat from start to finish...miscast, & did they borrow the witches outfits from some goth warehouse...not as bad as die hard5,,,which some posters have mentioned above,,,,but they had a concept which they could have wrung some fun from...not a risk in sight... ... More

Posted by No Diggity at 14:43, 05 March 2013 | Report This Post

no no no

If there's another film this year that's more ill-conceived and poorly executed than this (Die Hard 5 doesn't count as it came out already!) then I'll be super surprised. ONE STAR. Come on Empire. Stop being whimps. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 00:32, 04 March 2013 | Report This Post

Shallow? No, just appreciative of the male form.

Shallow though I'll sound (it's just not true; I'm an art house/indie/world cinema junkie) the most exciting part of this movie was seeing JRen without his shirt. This role's beneath him though. He's too intense an actor to prat around with trolls and witches. The movie's too violent and sweary for little people but there's not enough plot-wise for adults. Still, if it's this or Snow White and the Huntsman pick this. It's shorter and there are no irritating "comedic" dwarves. ... More

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Posted by Scorpion Jacket at 16:03, 01 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Why do they keep bodging up what could have been so much fun?!?!

The production value in Abraham Lincoln was perfect. Visually speaking, i found Abraham Lincoln very good. This wasn't the case with Hansel & Gretel, which is just awful. Looks like a TV movie. Where the hell did the 60M$ go?? ... More

Posted by dseys at 10:09, 01 March 2013 | Report This Post

Why do they keep bodging up what could have been so much fun?!?!

Van Helsing, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and now this. It's not an absolute clanger by any means, but it could have been delirious fun. Instead it's just a bit shit. Bretty is bang on the money about Gemma Arterton's arse in leather. Jeremy Renner's isn't bad either. He must work out. ... More

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Posted by MusicLovesYou at 09:43, 01 March 2013 | Report This Post

Pretty poor

Arterton's arse in leather is the only highlight in this. It's just a mess with no heart, lots of nonsense in the woods including them not remembering where they grew up! Looked and felt like a TV movie. ... More

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Posted by bretty at 21:50, 28 February 2013 | Report This Post

I'm pretty sure I quite enjoyed some of it.

Some nifty looking sets, costumes and props sit uncomfortably with a plot so linear and mechanical, you could set your watch by it. It's quite good fun, but that's all; not as clever or knowing as it'd like to be, and it's played its best hand in this one film. I was expecting a lot less from Hansel & Gretel, but I feel like it should have been so much more. ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 22:47, 27 February 2013 | Report This Post

star rating?

below me there are two star ratings given by posters. One poster gives 3 stars, the other gives 1 star. But the average user star rating shown at the moment is 3 stars. How does that work? Shouldn't it be 2 stars? ... More

Posted by Normal Control at 20:16, 27 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters

This also surprised me. Thought you would've given 1/5. Usually i enjoy gory B-movies with silly premises, but this was just TOO bad. Worst movie i've seen this year. Even worse than Die Hard 5! ... More

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Posted by dseys at 20:08, 27 February 2013 | Report This Post

This surprised me, I actually had a pretty good time. Having an entire IMAX screen to myself helped. ... More

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Posted by Whistler at 17:56, 27 February 2013 | Report This Post

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