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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 Gret... read more read more...el have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches...their past. -- (C) Paramount

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R, 1 hr. 27 min.

Directed by: Tommy Wirkola

Release Date: January 25, 2013

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DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013

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  • April 12, 2014
    Don't get excited. It's another entry into the fantasy/action genre (as per League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Van Helsing), with steampunk inspirations, alt soundtrack, and some little gore quotient. Add supposed to be catchy catchphrases whenere a baddie is dispatched and it... read mores pretty much predictable before the opening shots. Time passes quickly however and while not surprised you'll not be completely bored either.
  • January 18, 2014
    Revenge is sweeter than candy.

    Good Movie! Its not an intellectually stimulating movie. Its made to a hilariously entertaining popcorn flick with over-the-top action and unrealistic weapons that wouldn't have existed given the 'time period' this movie seems to be set in. So you ... read morefolks out there giving it bad rap for not meeting your standards, calm down. Its clearly not trying to. The only complaint I have is that it wasn't long enough. It's run time is just short of 90 minutes so they had ample room to expand a few scenes or even add new ones to flesh out the character development a little. A definite recommend for any action junkie.

    The siblings Hansel and Gretel are left alone in the woods by their father and captured by a dark witch in a candy house. However they kill the witch and escape from the spot. Years later, the orphans have become famous witch hunters. When eleven children go missing in a small village, the Mayor summons Hansel and Gretel to rescue them, and they save the red haired Mina from the local sheriff that wants to burn her accusing Mina of witchcraft. Soon they discover that the Blood Moon will approach in three days and the powerful dark witch Muriel is the responsible for the abduction of children. She intends to use the children together with a secret ingredient in a Sabbath to make the coven of witches protected against the fire. Meanwhile Hansel and Gretel disclose secrets about their parents.
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    September 7, 2013
    Straying impossibly far away from it's source material, "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunter's" is the type of film that you can have a blast watching, but in the end, you will admit that it is just a bad movie overall. It has a few nods here and there to the original Hansel and Gretel... read more fairytale which was nice, but it got tiring when you finally got to the action scenes which kind of felt more repetitive than anything. I will not say it's a terrible film by any means, because the entertainment levels are sky high. The script is probably in the top 5 worst of 2013 and the delivery of the dialogue is just as terrible, but that made the film much more fun to watch. It's a big piece of Hollywood Schlock that I won't remember, but I will be fine with to turn my brain off and watch again.
  • August 13, 2013
    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 Pe... read moreter 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?
  • July 6, 2013
    You'd think a movie where Grimm characters Hansel and Gretel turn into gun-wielding, wisecracking witch hunting mercenaries would at the very least keep your attention. How could a premise like that manage to be boring? Well writer/director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) miraculously ... read morefound a way. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arteton are the brother and sister of the title and they act like a 1980s buddy cop duo transplanted into a historical fantasy realm, complete with their comically large and complicated weaponry. Too often the film settle on such a lazy tone lacking irony or cleverness, settling for lame genre quips and a rote story filled with poorly developed villains. An action movie set in a fairy tale world is a great premise, and Hansel and Gretel seem like a perfectly capable pair of leads with their back-story. It's a shame that this movie feels like it never went beyond a surface-level once over when it came to developing its imagination. The action sequences are ineptly staged and ineptly edited, which kept me from feeling any longed after thrills or entertainment. It ends on a much better note with an all-out witch assault but by that point the movie has already worn out its welcome. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, is another case of a great idea not given enough development to separate itself from the din of lame action.

    Nate's Grade: C-
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    June 26, 2013
    "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters". The title pretty much says all you need to know right there about this. It's campy, cheesy, way over the top, and entertaining enough for a rental for what it is. How in the world they ever got Jeremy Renner(Hansel) to star in this, is wa... read morey beyond me. The weirdest thing about this movie is the fact that it's rated R. It's kind of odd with all the language. The violence is OK, as it's way over the top and CGI heavy, but there is a lot of language that kind of doesn't fit into the movie. I'm all for R rated movies and some PG-13 movies should have pushed for that rating, and others seem to just use it for shock value. This is one of them. It doesn't ruin the movie, but it's just out of place. Worth a one time watch if it's free or very cheap, but otherwise just skip. How good do you think a movie with this title really is?
  • June 23, 2013
    three stars
  • June 22, 2013
    It's so terrible that I had a fun time watching it. Nothing about it is good, but it certainly is a sight to see. I don't even see myself writing a serious review about this movie where I delve into the characters and plot. It's predictable, it has terrible special effects and th... read moree acting is mediocre. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters isn't so bad it's good or so bad it's god-awful. It's so bad it's watchable. Now that would have been a good line for the poster. I actually wouldn't mind watching it again (this time with a group of friends).
  • June 19, 2013
    A ridiculously outrageous and over the top twist on the classic fairytale that blends crazy action, blood-gushing gore, twisted horror and wicked comedy. A new instant classic that's just too much fun to pass up. A wickedly enjoyable and insanely thrilling action-packed adventure... read more. A bloody good-time all around that's cool and funny. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are terrific together, Renner with his charm and showboating of his character and Arterton's tough resilience make this combo an undeniable good team. It delivers the fun and fresh take on the fairytale and horror genre as did Van Helsing and Brothers Grimm. It delivers a tremendous amount of heart-pounding thrills from start to finish. Director, Tommy Wirkola takes pride in his project and glorifies in its world and delivers something truly enjoyable.
  • June 1, 2013
    A horror action flick based on the old German fairy tale, it had to happen really didn't it. Actually a nice little concept about what happened after the young duo escaped from the gingerbread house of candy and the nasty old witch. They became witch hunters (spoiler alert), sear... read moreching ye olde lands of the 18th Century and sweeping them clean of all known witches no matter what form they take. Sounds good huh, well hold that thought.

    Yep there are two fields for fantasy horror flicks these days, either the 'Van Helsing/Matrix' style approach or the sparkly 'Twilight/Warm Bodies' approach. This is obviously and clearly the first approach and it doesn't beat around the bush.

    This film is just like 'Van Helsing', and when I say just like it I don't just mean in action and gadgets. No what I mean is this film starts off really well (like 'Van Helsing'), the entire approach, visuals and style is really well constructed. First up the opening credits sequence is a really nice animated sequence in that old medieval woodcut/parchment type method, very basic yet highly effective for the atmosphere.

    The next thing I noticed were the excellent sets and costumes, production values in general. It all looked like an imaginative blend from Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro, surreal German expressionism mixed with that bizarre twisted fantasy style of Del Toro. The next thing that I really liked was the witches, a combination of ideas which gave them a 'Van Helsing/Evil Dead/Army of Darkness' look, they seem more like demons as they thrash around, growl, howl and run around on all fours, very creepy and perfectly crafted.

    So a great start all slowly goes pair shaped I'm afraid, for me anyway. Just like 'Van Helsing' the film just becomes way too daft incorporating silly ideas, going way over the top, too comicbook-like and loses its nice semi adult feel. Its still highly gory to the bitter end sure, but that seems more like a desperate attempt to keep you interested really. The minute the goodie witch whips out a gatling gun and starts shooting witches out of the sky like a videogame I gave up.

    Another thing were the main witches, the head witch played by Janssen. At first the witches were all evil, nasty and ugly, then along comes Janssen looking hot as hell...even as a witch!. She basically looked like a hot gothic dominatrix witch bitch haha! I loved it! but it really took the edge off the film. Then up pop her two hot gothic submissive witch friends! is this suppose to be horror? all this AND Arterton's ass in skin tight leather?! my god!.

    In the end they just ruin it with dumbness, the weapons didn't need to be so ridiculously over the top (plus immensely unoriginal), didn't need the over the top fights or slow motion, didn't need all the swearing really (f*ck in the 18th Century?) and Renner is hugely miscast. Yes I know what the film set out to achieve and everyone should know what to expect but my point is they could have made a decent film here, less Hollywood gloss and more low key grit, such a waste.

    That's the thing really, they had a nice idea here, quirky and fun, ripe for a solid dark, gallows humour type horror comedy like 'American Werewolf' or the Evil Dead franchise. But they basically play it safe, go down the predictable overused route and made a stupid comicbook type flick (pandering to recent trends methinks). Yes despite the gore its still just a childish comicbook flick, it could of been so much more.

    Ps. the troll is called 'Edward'?! what the feck? is that some kind of sparkly homage to a certain sparkly film?!.

Critic Reviews

Tom Charity
February 5, 2013
Tom Charity,

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. Full Review

Ben Sachs
February 4, 2013
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

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. Full Review

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

The movie settles for showers of gore with intermittent moments of spoofiness. Full Review

Richard Corliss
February 4, 2013
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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. Full Review

Claudia Puig
February 4, 2013
Claudia Puig, USA Today

At least it puts forth a sound message: Kids, avoid overdoing it on sweets -- especially candy that doubles as drywall. Full Review

Keith Uhlich
February 4, 2013
Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

It's a grim fairy tale, all right. Full Review

Bruce Diones
February 4, 2013
Bruce Diones, New Yorker

Eighty-eight minutes of trash. Full Review

Rex Reed
January 30, 2013
Rex Reed, New York Observer

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." Full Review

Stephanie Zacharek
January 29, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

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

Tom Russo
January 26, 2013
Tom Russo, Boston Globe

Wirkola tears through "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" with such giddy abandon, it ends up being splattery fanboy fun. Preposterous, clearly, but fun. Full Review

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    • Muriel: Gretel. Famous witch hunter, finally we meet.
    • Gretel: Who are you?
    • Muriel: I see you got my invitation?
    • Gretel: Say your name before my arrows rip out your throat!
    • Muriel: I go by many names, none of which you're worthy of pronouncing.
    • Hansel: I'm old fashioned but Gretel needs more convincing to clarify that someone is a witch.
    • Ben: When I am a grown up, I wanna hunt witches like you too do.
    • Gretel: We didn't ask for this Ben.
    • Gretel: You collected all this?
    • Hansel: The name's Hansel, and this here is my sister, Gretel.
    • Gretel: What do you think your doing?

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