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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Brisk, outrageous action movie has tons of witchy violence.

Movie R 2013 88 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 13+

Hansel and gretal sequel review

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a sequel based on the 1988 classic and like the original is a very violent, bloody, action/horror/fantasy movie were the children from the famous fairy tale continued to kill witches and grew up to make a living at it. Despite its origins, like the very messed up original this definitely isn't a fairy tale for children It's full of outrageous violence, with women beaten up in battle, children in peril, lots of blood, minor characters killed in various ways, weapons, and more. There's some brief female nudity (a naked bottom and breast) and some minor, playful innuendo. Language includes a handful of uses of "f--k" and "s--t." And there's a scene in which the hero drinks too much and is shown suffering the consequences.
age 13+


Bit gory, not very realistic.

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Is It Any Good?

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Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow), this film is very lean and speedy, focusing mainly on fighting, chasing, and the spraying and splattering of blood. It also comes with a very cool selection of costume and set designs that help set the mood. Its primary goal seems to be to entertain as quickly as possible and get the audience back out the door before the story gets old.

This economical approach is admirable in many ways, but it also raises some questions. Why couldn't we see more of the siblings' relationship? If they spent so much of their lives together in intense situations, how would they relate to each other? Other themes and characters could have used a little more depth as well, but the drawback is that these things certainly would have slowed down the movie overall. It might have made for a boring movie, and as it stands, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is anything but that.

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