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Into the Woods Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    69

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice Alan Scherstuhl

    Rob Marshall simply cuts from one tale to the next, isolating his actors. There's little sense that the fairytale space is a shared one -- it's just a bunch of noisy incident transpiring in unrelated treestands.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The notion that children are raised on fairy tales and the question of how those early stories affect us all — even into adulthood — remains fascinating and is delivered here with visual panache and musical flair.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    The first two-thirds of the film, which are like the Brothers Grimm's Greatest Hits on laughing gas, have a fizzy, fairy-dust energy. But as soon as the baker couple's scavenger hunt is over and a rampaging giant appears, Woods loses its magic and momentum and sags like an airless balloon.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Marshall hasn’t made one of the great movie musicals here, but he hasn’t bungled it either — far from it.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Into the Woods rumbles on for too long and has some dry patches here and there — but just when we’re growing fidgety, we get another rousing musical number or another dark plot twist, and we’re back in business.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The movie works best whenever Corden and Blunt, performers of nearly limitless appeal and sweet-natured vulnerability, take the story back from their cohorts, though Kendrick is no less beguiling.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

    This twisty fairy-tale mash-up shows an appreciation for the virtues of old-fashioned storytelling, along with a welcome dash of subversive wit. It benefits from respect for the source material, enticing production values and a populous gallery of sharp character portraits from a delightful cast.

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