Parents' Guide to

Hansel and Gretel

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Scary witch may be too intense for very young kids.

Movie G 1988 85 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Too scary for young ones but a stunning film!

R: scary sequences/throughout and mild brief insults
age 14+

Hansel and gretal original review

This is the first Hansel and gretel. You may be familiar with the sequel in 2013 Hansel and gretel 2. This is actually much grittier and inappropriate than the sequel. But this is still a classic and I recommend it

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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HANSEL AND GRETEL could actually be enjoyable and provide a good scare for not-so-sensitive kids who care little for production quality. Among a series of films noted for shoddy production values -- flimsy sets (some of which show up in several of the movies), a mostly amateur cast (also repeat performers), mediocre original songs, and outrageously inept special effects -- this movie stands out, if only because it's smaller in scope and cast, thus less likely to reveal the tackiness of the effort.

Leachman is the witchiest of scary witches, obviously having a wonderful time slavering over the prospect of eating the children. The two young actors are passable, and Warner worries with the best of them. Still, there are some unintentional laughs: a poor duck's (as well as the witch's) emergence from a boiling cauldron is particularly ludicrous, as is the moment when the tasty house erupts in a river of oozing red and green goo.

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