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A little boy and his kindly grandmother thwart the efforts of a coven of witches to rid Britain of children by turning them into mice.

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DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999

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  • December 15, 2011
    Intelligent, scary and with a good black comedy. But, maybe not very appropriate for children.
  • April 14, 2011
    This movie really scared me for some reason when I was a kid, I had nightmares. The weirdest things scare you as a kid, don't they? Anyway, this movie is okay, it's based on the book of the same name.
  • December 25, 2010
    30/10/2010 (TELEVISION)

    This is a classic for me, a childhood film that use to scare the crap out of me! I manage to catch this flick during the Halloween weekend and it was a pretty good re-watch, I hadn't seen it in years so it was quite a treat.

    It's quite a... read more flick for it's time and it was pretty darn hilarious to see all the scenes that use to scare me look like a joke to me now. I still like this story and it was indeed a memorable one from childhood.

    I like scarier films now but this is still a classic and I guess it's one for the younger audiences. Funny, darkly and certainly an entertainer!
  • October 28, 2010
    Love love LOVED this move in Elementary school. I had no idea it was Nicholas Roeg!!!!
  • March 15, 2010
    Butchered Rhol Dhal's great book.
  • December 19, 2009
    The Witches is a Descent Movie with those Witch Clicheť s that Witches have long nose and eat children and all that.
  • November 18, 2009
    While Anjelica Huston is appropriately creepy, I can't help but feel something was lost in translation.
  • September 29, 2009
    Scared the shit out of me when I was young! My first horror film after Jaws really!
  • August 18, 2009
    Always liked this one a good bit
  • October 13, 2007

Critic Reviews

Michael Upchurch
November 25, 2013
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times

It's not a film for small children. But for precocious first-graders with a warped sense of humor and an appetite for chills, thrills and spills, nothing could be better. Full Review

Michael Wilmington
November 25, 2013
Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times

Real darkness seethes beneath the "Once upon a time" surface, mostly due to Henson's seemingly curious selection of the brilliant and audacious Roeg to direct. Full Review

Steven Rea
November 22, 2013
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

The Witches is a slow-to-get-going but ultimately entertaining yarn about a nasty coven conspiring to turn Britain's entire populace of single-digiters into mice. Full Review

Dave Kehr
November 22, 2013
Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune

There are moments of genuine charm and solid invention, but it`s a film that doesn't believe enough in itself. Full Review

Jonathan Rosenbaum
November 26, 2012
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

A minor but very enjoyable Nicolas Roeg fairy tale. Full Review

Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Variety Staff, Variety

The wizardry of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a superbly over-the-top performance by Angelica Huston gives The Witches a good deal of charm and enjoyment. Full Review

January 26, 2006
Time Out

Strange and scary enough to fascinate parents and offspring alike. Full Review

Caryn James
May 20, 2003
Caryn James, New York Times

As in his best films, here Mr. Roeg is a master of capturing the slightly off kilter sense of an apparently normal world. His camera is unobtrusive, and then suddenly it tilts a bit to jolt. Full Review

Roger Ebert
January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The best thing about Nicolas Roeg's film of Dahl's book The Witches is its dark vision. Full Review

Desson Thomson
January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson, Washington Post

In this extended good time of a fairy tale, there's something for everyone. Full Review

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