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Parents' Guide to

Gretel & Hansel

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Women take power in arty, violent fairy tale adaptation.

Movie PG-13 2020 87 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 14+


Slow, boring, weird. Almost all shot in the dark and can hardly understand the witch. My 15 year old fell asleep in this. Whoever wrote this shouldn’t get paid!
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Surprised It’s really good!

I wanted to watch this for sometime and decided to rent it at a redbox with my husband. You need to pay attention the the movie to fully understand but it was wonderful, the only thing I would change is the ending slightly, but I won’t give spoilers! Only 1 scene had a sexual reference but it was subtile, 2 uses of the word he** back to back. Other that that good movie!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (29 ):

This strange, austere, artful, violent retelling of the old fairy tale is one of those movies that's more moody than scary. It won't be to every taste, but it's weirdly poetic and mesmerizing. With Gretel & Hansel and two previous chillers (The Blackcoat's Daughter, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House), director Osgood "Oz" Perkins -- the son of Psycho star Anthony Perkins -- has established himself as a confident, patient creator of chills who takes risks and is decidedly out of the mainstream. His focus on framing, textures, shapes, silences, and music -- rather than jump scares, shocks, or screaming -- makes his films a little harder to sell.

His Gretel & Hansel, with Gretel now coming first in the title, is also a story about women. Triangles permeate the film, suggesting the strength of both the witch and Gretel, and Perkins plays around with other recurring themes and symbols, too. The overall tone can feel a bit academic and perhaps a bit chilly, but the casting saves the day. Lillis, who was so delightful and spunky in the two It films, warms up her scenes with her character's younger brother, and Krige (the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact) has a slithery quality that makes her witch somehow hypnotic. The throwback electronic music score by French composer Rob also helps create an unsettling, otherworldly quality. But overall, this is a movie about a young woman moving from a defensive position in the world to a more powerful offensive one.

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