Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

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Alternately bloody and silly, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters fails as both a fantasy adventure and as a parody of same.

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

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Critic Reviews for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (118)

  • It's an appalling, insulting and cynical mess from start to finish.

    Mar 1, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a film which is so demeaningly bad, so utterly without merit, that there is a kind of purity in its awfulness.

    Feb 28, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It takes a fairy tale and plays it for laughs, without being remotely funny.

    Feb 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's rarely a moment where you don't feel like there's at least one reel of footage missing.

    Feb 27, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 5, 2013 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

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  • 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.

    Feb 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

  • Jun 29, 2016
    Truly one wickedly spun tale with awesome shooting and fighting scenes directed for the classic fiary tale with a modern twist. Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemme Arterton) as children were left in the forest by their father (as the find out later in life) for their own protection.As they grow older they hone their craft to become witch executioners. If you are waiting to see this it is definitely worth the wait.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2015
    Even though it is not part of their normal job description as witch hunters, Hansel(Jeremy Renner) and Gretel(Gemma Arterton) still find the time to stop off in a town to rescue Mina(Phila Viitala) from being falsely accused of being a witch by Sheriff Berringer(Peter Stormare). That is the same town, by the way, where children have been disappearing lately which Muriel(Famke Janssen), an actual witch, might know something about. Despite its admittedly dopey sounding premise, it was still possible for "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" to turn out to be something entertaining, especially after its cool opening sequence.(And it is a nice touch having Hansel being diabetic.) But as it soon becomes clear, the movie has no idea what it really wants to be nor what kind of tone it wants to have.(Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are listed as two of the movie's producers which is a clue but nothing more.) Emblematic of that is the casting. Jeremy Renner's normal understated style clashes with any kind of action while Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen(both veterans of James Bond films) do very much get the whole larger than life thing this movie might be going for.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 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 its pretty much predictable before the opening shots. Time passes quickly however and while not surprised you'll not be completely bored either.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2014
    This was about as bloody a film as I can stand. Fortunately, it was presented in a style bordering on cartoonish, or I might not have made it through. As it was, I had to take several breaks to get through it. But, overall, it was a fun ride. Gemma Arterton (my latest crush) plays a bad-ass witch hunter who, together with her brother (Jeremy Renner), travel around the countryside hunting down the witches who are a plague upon the mythical land the story is set in. It was entertaining enough that I willingly suspended the logical right side of the brain and just let the story go where it wanted to. Good special effects, terrific costuming and make-up and a classic story of good and evil, and how far must the good guys venture over into the dark side in order to win the day. I queued this one for Gemma, and I am not at all sorry that I did.
    Mark A Super Reviewer

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